A driver led police on a pursuit in west Charlotte on Wednesday before leaving his car, sprinting to hop aboard a moving train, then jumping off and running into woods.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers spotted a stolen Honda Civic in the Brookshire / Hoskins Road area and tried to stop the driver, who fled to Wilkinson Boulevard, then to Interstate 85 toward Gaston County, police said. The Civic then turned around and headed back toward uptown on I-85, took the Freedom Drive-Tuckaseegee Road exit and traveled on several roads through west Charlotte before a moving train blocked its path.
The driver left the car and ran shirtless beside the moving train before jumping aboard. But the train soon stopped, and the suspect fled into a wooded area.
Officers, including K-9 units, searched but were unable to locate the suspect, who is still at large.
Two other people who stayed in the car were detained but later released without charges.
A police helicopter followed the Civic, but CMPD emphasized that it was not a vehicle pursuit.