Crime & Courts

Suspect flees from police, then fires at officers

Jeremy Moody
Jeremy Moody Mecklenburg County jail

Police on Friday announced charges against a man they say crashed his car into a telephone pole and then fired a gun at police officers as he tried to evade them in west Charlotte Thursday night.

The suspect, Jeremy Moody, 22, was arrested after a short foot chase.

Moody was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, assault on a government official, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, shooting within the city limits, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving while license revoked, resisting arrest, felony hit and run, and a stop sign violation.

The suspect didn’t hit the officers, and the officers didn’t return fire, according to a news release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The incident started around 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Oaklawn Avenue in west Charlotte. Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away.

The officers, who have not been identified, turned off their lights and siren but continued to follow the vehicle while broadcasting a description to other officers. Shortly afterward, the vehicle struck a light pole about six blocks away from the site of the initial traffic stop.

As officers approached, the suspect fired and continued to run. Police stressed that they were never engaged in a car chase.

A passenger in the vehicle, Daniel Thomas, 23, was arrested for an unrelated warrant for child support. Another passenger was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

An additional firearm was also recovered at the scene.

Moody was released from prison in 2015 after serving two years for felony breaking and entering and larceny. He served two months in prison in 2011 for larceny of a motor vehicle.

Staff researcher Maria David and staff writer Joe Marusak contributed.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson