Police: Driver tries to run down CMPD officer... twice

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte police officer had to jump out of the way not once but twice from a speeding truck that police said was deliberately trying to run him down.

"Once I saw the car speeding back and officers on their tail and running...it seemed like (I was) looking at TV sometimes." said Jake Poysti, who witnessed the early morning police chase.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said they got a call from a neighbor at the Ashford Place Apartments on Pineville Point Avenue in south Charlotte around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

He was describing in great detail about a crime in progress he was witnessing.

The caller said two men were breaking into a gold Honda and taking the contents.

The suspects were spotted throwing bags from the car into their white Ford F150 truck.

Police were on the scene within minutes, and say they caught the truck in the complex round-about as it was trying to make its escape.

An officer approached the vehicle on foot trying to get the two men out.  That's when the CMPD said the driver gunned the truck, taking aim at the officer.

The officer jumped onto the curb to get out of the way but, according to police, the driver again veered toward the officer, jumping the same curb trying to him with the truck.

The officer was not injured.

Police gave chase, pinning the vehicle in the back of the apartment complex.

Two men inside jumped out and ran.  The driver was arrested after a short foot chase; the passenger is still on the loose.

Police said they also found a gun in the truck, which turned out to be stolen.

The man was identified by police Thursday afternoon as 17-year-old Angel Anibel Tovar of Charlotte.

Tovar is charged wiuth assault with deadly weapon on a government officer, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, resisting a public officer, possession of a stolen firearm, hit and run and possession of stolen goods, according to police.

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