Three juveniles taken into custody after chase, crash on I-85

Pursuit began in Mecklenburg County
A chase on I-85 that began in Mecklenburg County ended in Rowan County with a crash and three juveniles taken into custody.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 11:52 AM EDT
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A chase on I-85 that began in Mecklenburg County ended in Rowan County with a crash and three juveniles taken into custody. It happened Tuesday morning just after 9:30 a.m.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a trooper was conducting speed enforcement on I-85 North near the University City area. The trooper saw a car traveling on the interstate “at an excessive rate of speed.”

When the trooper attempted to stop the driver, the driver kept going. The driver continued out of Mecklenburg County and into Cabarrus, then into Rowan County. Troopers say the driver left the interstate, turning onto Webb Road. When the driver attempted to turn onto Yost Road, the car ran off the road and wrecked.

There were lots of troopers as well as Salisbury Police and Rowan Sheriff’s deputies at the site of the crash. The car involved in the pursuit, a small four door Chevrolet, crashed into a power pole and street sign at the intersection of Webb and Yost Roads.

A WBTV reporter saw two people who appeared to be in custody, including a young woman who was in distress screaming loudly until emergency responders calmed her down. Another person was in a trooper’s car and it appeared the passenger window had been broken out of that patrol car.

Troopers said the driver of the car was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center with “non-life threatening injuries.”

All three juveniles were taken into custody, according to troopers.

“Heard the siren,” said neighbor Doug Lyerly. “I’m located off the road a far piece and just wondered what was going on and walked out here to the road and found all of the excitement out here and see that there was a wreck and started talking to some people and found out that there was more than just a wreck going on.”

This story will be updated when additional information is received.

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