MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Matthews police have arrested one man and are searching for a second after a chase injured two officers when their patrol car hit a tree Friday morning.
Police said they charged Mark Cornell Hardin, 21, with careless and reckless driving and felony to elude arrest.
According to the police report, two officers, who were working a surveillance detail, approached a suspicious vehicle that was parked at the Kangaroo Express on East John Street.
As officers approached the 2003 Mazda and identified themselves as police officers the driver of the vehicle sped off in a careless and reckless manner.
Officers pursued them in an unmarked vehicle with blue lights and siren activated. The suspect’s vehicle traveled south on Trade Street, to Fullwood Lane and then onto N.C. 51, according to the report.
During this time one of the two suspects in the vehicle threw a gun out of the car’s window. As officers attempted to make a turn onto Beverly Crest Drive the police vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
Both officers were taken to Matthews Presbyterian Hospital and treated and released for minor injuries.
Police were able to track down Hardin late Friday morning, but are still looking for the second suspect involved in the chase, according to police.