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Chase from Charlotte ends with car in Lake Wylie

Viewer video captured the moment the suspect surrendered to officers while the car was still in the water.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Cameras were rolling as a car chase from Charlotte came to an in the waters of Lake Wylie Thursday evening.

A WCNC Charlotte viewer recorded the video as the driver, wading through the waters of Lake Wylie, surrounded himself to officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. CMPD officers with guns drawn entered the waters off Lake Wylie Drive to take the suspect into custody.

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According to CMPD, a license plate reader on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte detected the gray Dodge Charger, which was wanted in connection to a recent crime. Responding officers tried to stop the car, but the driver refused and gave chase, according to CMPD.

The pursuit traveled into South Carolina and into Rock Hill. The York County Sheriff's Office confirmed their deputies were not involved in the chase but provided an alert on Twitter that their deputies were in the area.

CMPD reports the suspect is charged with not having a driver's license, having an open container of liquor in the car, failing to stop for blue lights, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, and being a fugitive from justice.

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Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots.  

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

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