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Man faces charges after 17-mile chase injures 6 people, two officers

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte man is facing a slew of charges, including DWI and assault with a deadly weapon, after police say he led officers on a 17-mile chase along the interstate and crashed. 

Eight people, including two police officers, were injured in the chase.

According to Cornelius Police, the chase took place on Saturday with a man wanted on multiple outstanding criminal warrants for arrest from Mecklenburg and Lincoln counties in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina.

Jeffrey Wayne Greene reportedly fled from police and officer pursued.

Officers say Greene was considered a threat and danger to the public because of his recent history of assaults on law enforcement officers.

He is also accused of property damage, theft, and felonious fraud offenses in the outstanding warrants. Officers call him an absconder from probation and parole supervision.

On Wednesday, police issued warrants on Greene for four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and no insurance.

The chase began at exit 28 in Cornelius, when officers learned Greene was at a local motel.

Investigators say the pursuit lasted 18 minutes and covered 17.6 miles. Most of the chase took place along I-77 with speeds hitting around 85 mph.

Officers say Greene was able to pull away from officers and crashed into several other vehicles after they lost sight of him.

The chase led officers into Iredell County, then south to Huntersville, where Greene hit several cars, before crashing into a ditch on Statesville Road near Rich Hatchet Road.
 
One person with potentially life-threatening injuries was transported to the hospital by helicopter. Five others, including Greene, went to the hospital in an ambulance.

"The Cornelius Police Department sincerely regrets the injuries caused by the suspect's collision and have been in contact with the victims," police said. "The Town will continue to offer all the support it can."

Greene has been released from the hospital and is at the Mecklenburg County jail and charged with DWI, speeding to elude police, careless and wreckless driving, speeding and possession of stolen property. 

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