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LA style police chase in Charlotte

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Charlotte TV viewers were treated to a true LA style Police Chase last night complete with live helicopter coverage courtesy WSOC-TV (WCNC and WBTV also have helicopters, but evidently their pilots were asleep at the time)

The suspects did the whole speeds above 100mph...darting in and out of traffic, running red lights, jumping over medians, driving through grass and driving over sidewalks. At the height of the police chase there were about 24 police cars from the FBI, NC Highway Patrol, and Char-Meck Police.

The chase ended just off of Wilkinson Blvd near downtown, with the suspects surrendering. However there were 2 NC Highway Patrol cars that got into a serious accident just before the chase ended. One NC Highway Patrol vehicle rolled a couple times down Wilkinson before coming to a stop.

This happens rarely in Charlotte. It ends up the suspect they were chasing is beleived by police to be the one responsible for the triple shooting at uptowns First Ward Place earlier this month.

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I didn't hear about this until today...that's one helluva skyline shot, huh. This chase must have ended LITERALLY right where I took this skyline shot:

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There was another LA style Police Chase today, and once again the TV Helicopters were there to provide live coverage...this time the chase went right though downtown at Lunchtime...right down Tryon St....it ended at the Sam's Club in the University area...full details and video at www.wcnc.com

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Yeah, we saw the helicopters hovering...when you see that you know trouble is around....I was at home yesterday when all the helicopters were hovering over me due to the "suspiscious" package that was on a CATs bus at theTransit Center....ended up being a foam headrest wrapped in duct tape.

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Today's incident is really strange. A police officer was already at the home for about 15 minutes before the homicide occured and the shooter fled in a neighbor's car, beginning the chase. They said the cop tried to use his tazer...wonder what went wrong.

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According to the Observer the cop was called on a Domestic Dispute and arrived at the scene 2 min before shots were fired. Hopefully we will get more info once the investigation is complete.

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