Man accused of striking officer with stolen car arrested

Clark (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)
Clark (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man accused of striking an officer with a stolen car during a traffic stop in east Charlotte Wednesday has been arrested.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say officers got a hit on a license plate from a stolen 2005 Kia Optima that was near Central Avenue and Sharon Amity Road around 1:12 p.m. That's when two officers from the Eastway Division stopped the vehicle.

Police the say the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Theodore Clark, sped away from the scene, hitting one of the officers.

"Once the second officer realized that injured officer only sustained minor injuries, he pursued the vehicle," police told WBTV.

Clark then reportedly hit another vehicle along Central at the intersection of Morningside, about 2.5 miles away. The pursuit continued down Logie Avenue until the driver crashed into a tree, according to police.

Clark ran away from the crash and was quickly taken into custody. A woman in the passenger seat was detained on scene by officers.

Both were transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The injured officer was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The people inside the vehicle who were hit by the stolen vehicle refused medical treatment.

Clark was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run personal injury, hit and run property damage, resist/obstruct/delay, failing to heed lights and sirens, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving without a license, and speeding and reckless driving.

Police say Clark had two outstanding arrest orders stemming from another case for breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

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