High Speed Chase Begins In Cherokee Co., Ends In NC On No Tires - WSPA.com

High Speed Chase Begins In Cherokee Co., Ends In NC On No Tires

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A man lead police on a high-speed chase through several counties overnight Tuesday after officers said he fled from a DUI checkpoint.

Sparks were flying, and it wasn't just because a man was trying to elude capture by police. He was doing it driving a truck on just its rims.

The State Highway Patrol said a man approached a DUI checkpoint in Cherokee County, and turned around before police could check him out.

Officials gave chase, and they said the driver took off on them.

The chase continued through Blacksburg, South Carolina, where Deputies tried to stop the vehicle by deploying stop sticks.

It worked and then it didn't

Troopers said two of the four tires blew on the silver SUV, but the truck kept going.

The vehicle made its way through Gaston County, with blue lights flashing right behind him. The Gaston County Sheriffs Office helped in the pursuit, but backed off when they hit the Mecklenburg County line.

Troopers continued the chase along with the CMPD and Cherokee County Deputies.

The stop sticks were again deployed, again with mixed results.

Officials said the remaining tires were blown out, but the truck didn't stop.

The SUV finally came to a stop miles later along I-85 just before the I-485 interchange in west Mecklenburg. The driver, according to the SHP jumped out, hurled over the median, and ran across four lanes of southbound traffic.

He disappeared in a business park up the hill.

Troopers double-backed, and went up the on ramp to try to find him. Moments later, they say officers located the driver. During him being taken into custody, officers said he was tased.

The suspect was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital for the removal of the taser probe, but we're told he'll be okay.

The driver will be hit with several charges, including DUI, fleeing officials and driving with no license.

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