Crime & Courts

State trooper seriously hurt in west Charlotte motorcycle crash, police say

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper was seriously hurt in a crash in west Charlotte Monday morning, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Trooper Christopher L. Wooten, who was on duty, was riding a motorcycle and chasing a four-door car with no hood, according to CMPD Lt. Brad Koch and the state highway patrol.

He chased the car through a red light at the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Queen City Drive, Koch said, but another car tried to cross the intersection with a green light and hit the trooper.

Wooten is hospitalized with critical injuries, according to a tweet from the state highway patrol around 2:45 p.m. He’s a 14-year veteran of the highway patrol. No one else was hurt, Koch said.

Police are searching for the car that Wooten was chasing at the time of the crash, Koch said. It’s gray, silver or gold, has no hood and has a temporary tag, Koch said.

“Anybody who would take off from the police is certainly a danger,” Koch said. “We want to make sure that we can find them, interview them and see exactly what happened.”

The intersection was blocked off while officials investigated what happened. The driver of the car that hit Wooten is cooperating with the investigation, Koch said.

Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.