HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A police pursuit with a wanted suspect led to a multi-vehicle crash that injured him and five others in Huntersville.
It started around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Cornelius Police received a tip that a wanted man was staying at the Days Inn on Holiday Lane.
Video via Mike Pruett
Police say the suspect, now identified as 48-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Greene, fled from officers when they attempted to arrest him.
A chase began, starting at Exit 28 on I-77. Greene left the highway at Exit 33 and continued northbound on Highway 21 until he allegedly crashed into a patrol car while trying to make a U-turn.
Police say Greene then made his way back to the highway, headed southbound until crossing the median, traveling north again and exiting at Huntersville.
Officers continued to pursue Greene on Statesville Road until he crossed the center line and struck two oncoming cars headed north, according to police. The collision ended the chase in the 15900 block of Statesville Road near Rich Hatchet Road.
A third vehicle crashed into the others, but was not hit by the suspect.
Greene was among the six patients transported from the scene, one of whom was airlifted. Three patients’ injuries are currently considered serious, but not life-threatening.
Additionally, two Cornelius officers were treated and released.
The Huntersville Police Department is investigating the crash.
Greene was previously wanted on several warrants in three counties including:
- Assault on a Government Official - Two Counts
- Injury to Personnel Property - Two Counts
- Hit/Run Fail to Stop Property Damage - Two Counts
- Larceny of Prop.; Possession of Stolen Prop. - One Count
- Resisting a Public Officer - One Count
- Flee/Elude Arrest - One Count
- Obtaining Property by False Pretense - One Count
- Obtaining Property by False Pretense (Felony) - One Count
More charges are expected from today's incident
All roads have reopened following the crash.