Police: Tased driver escapes from custody at hospital

Police: Tased driver escapes from custody at hospital

Police: Tased driver escapes from custody at hospital

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 12:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A driver accused of leading a chase through Charlotte escaped from police custody, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Troopers began pursuing the driver of a Mercedes Benz around 12:40 a.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of I-85 near Beatties Ford Road. They say they clocked the car going 92 mph in a 60 mph zone.

The driver, 28-year-old Joanquil Thompson, allegedly refused to stop for emergency sirens and a chase began.

The pursuit lasted six minutes. It ended when troopers used a PIT remover to stop Thompson at Remount Road and Wilkinson Boulevard.

Police say Thompson then tried to flee on foot. Troopers used a taser on the man and took him into custody.

Thompson escaped while undergoing treatment at a local hospital and remains at large.

Troopers are working to secure warrants for felony speeding to elude, speeding in a 60 mph zone, reckless driving and DWI.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

 

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