CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a man Wednesday after they said he struck an officer during a pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended in a crash.
According to CMPD, officers responded to a report of a stolen 2005 Kia Optima near Central Avenue and Sharon Amity Road a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the vehicle was pulled over by two CMPD officers when the driver sped away, hitting one of the officers. After learning the struck officer's injuries were minor, the second officer pursued the vehicle, police said.
Investigators said the stolen vehicle struck an occupied vehicle near Central Avenue and Morningside Drive. The pursuit continued down Logie Avenue when the driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into a tree. The male driver, identified as Theodore Clark, 30, tried to flee the scene on foot but was immediately taken into custody, police said.
Clark was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run causing personal injury, hit and run causing property damage, resist/obstruct/delay, failing to heed lights and sirens, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving without a license, as well as speeding and reckless driving. Investigators said he also had two outstanding warrants from another case that were served on him for breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
The female passenger was also detained on scene by officers. Both occupants of the stolen vehicle were transported by Medic for medical treatment.
CMPD says the officer struck by the suspect vehicle is being treated for minor injuries. Occupants of the vehicle struck by the suspect vehicle near Central Avenue and Morningside Drive declined medical treatment on the scene, according to CMPD.