Crime & Courts

3-county police chase results in arrest of kidnapping suspect

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 40-year-old man for his involvement in a three-county chase Friday night that spanned Gaston, York, S.C., and Mecklenburg counties and ended in Dilworth.

Jonathan McCorkle was taken into custody in the 800 block of West Kingston Avenue, police said Saturday.

McCorkle was wanted by police in Charlotte, Monroe and Rock Hill for outstanding warrants, although CMPD did not specify what those warrants were.

He also faces charges stemming from the Friday night chase, police said.

The Observer’s news partner, WBTV, reported there was no word on the initial cause of the chase, which involved a CMPD helicopter following the suspect.

WBTV reported the following: In the middle of the chase, witnesses said, the suspect tried to kidnap a woman from a business on Sam Wilson Road near Interstate 85. Patrons tried fighting the man, until he showed a weapon. McCorkle then got back into his vehicle alone, circling the city. Police on the ground chased him and attempted to hit him with Stop Sticks, a tire deflation device, a couple of times on I-85.

Eventually, the suspect blew at least two tires in Dilworth along East Boulevard, WBTV reported. McCorkle was spotted jumping out the vehicle and running, but he was quickly arrested after midnight on Kingston and Lennox avenues, according to WBTV.

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