Woman hurt after leading troopers on chase, crashing in SE Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A driver crashed after trying to elude Troopers during a high speed chase that reached close to 80mph.

It was part of a crackdown by the State Highway Patrol, better known as "Operation: No Need To Speed", that had radar units stationed along East Independence Boulevard.

That's when officials said they spotted a driver racing down the roadway near Eastway Boulevard.

"I clocked the vehicle at 78mph in a fifty zone." said Trooper Darren Conrad, who first tried to pull the car over.

"As I caught up to the vehicle around Sharon Amity, I activated blue lights and sirens, the vehicle failed to stop."

According to officials, the compact car took off outbound trying to get away.

Trooper Conrad called for backup, and went after the driver.

"I noticed the vehicle was weaving all over the roadway, so I then began to develop a suspicion that the driver may have possibly been under the influence of some type of substance." said Conrad.

The driver made a hard left turn onto Sharon Forest Drive, and another quick left before crashing into a power pole, ripping off most of the left side of the car.

The chase was over.

Trooper Conrad said that's when the driver gave up.

"The female adult driver put her hands out the window,  I could see blood on her arms." he said.

Charlotte firefighters raced to the scene, and after several minutes, pulled the unknown woman out of the car, before Medics took her to Carolinas Medical Center.

Officials believe she should recover, but clues to the reason she ran in the first place, were found back in the car.

"There is a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle." said Conrad.  "There's several bottles of alcohol in the vehicle as well."

Troopers say charges will most likely be filed after she has blood work done at the hospital to determine if she was impaired or not.

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