Man accused of leading deputies on chase through Mecklenburg, Union counties

(Sky3 | WBTV)
(Sky3 | WBTV)

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A 48-year-old man is in custody after he reportedly lead deputies on a chase from Mecklenburg to Union County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, the chase began before 5 p.m. when Charlotte-Mecklenburg police alerted deputies about a Chevrolet Silverado, which was reportedly stolen from Marshville, traveling east on Rea Road in Mecklenburg County. Charlotte police and the aviation unit followed the vehicle through the Ballantyne area and back into Union County.

Deputies say Robert Dean Wilson was reportedly driving the stolen vehicle and refused to stop on Newton Road when officials initiated a traffic stop.

During the chase, Wilson reportedly crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic, "endangering motorists as well as officers involved in the chase," deputies said. The sheriff's office said Wilson drove off the road several times and traveled through fields in an attempt to get away.

The chase ended in an area off of Wesley Chapel Road, near the Indian Trail/Wesley Chapel line.

A female passenger, who was also in the stolen vehicle during the chase, was taken into custody along with Wilson, deputies say. The woman has since been released and is not facing charges, the sheriff's office said.

Some neighbors had been watching the feeds showing the pursuit that were broadcast by news helicopters.

"It was right over here. I was like I know that place, I know that place. I know exactly where that is!" explained neighbor Spencer Moore.

WBTV's Sky3 was over the scene as the truck pulled off the road and was immediately surrounded by officers, some with guns drawn.

"As we were showing up, they were handcuffing the guy," explained Chad Vanderburg, a neighbor who went to watch the conclusion to the incident.

Wilson is facing charges of fleeing to elude arrest, driving with a revoked license, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, felonious restraint, possessing methamphetamines and resist, delay and obstruct.

Additional charges are likely, according to deputies.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey released this statement Wednesday morning:

"Our deputies acted quickly once they received the information from CMPD.  They realized they had to get this vehicle stopped due to the careless and dangerous actions of the driver.  The dispatchers and officers did a great job communicating with one another so deputies could be in the right place to safely end this pursuit. Thankfully, nobody was hurt."

If you have any information, you can call Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.

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