After a man refused to stop at a Gaffney checkpoint, police said the driver fled all the way to Charlotte before finally coming to a halt.
Gaffney police said they were conducting a public safety checkpoint along Logan Street about 1 a.m. Tuesday when a silver Ford Expedition approached but failed to stop when told to by officers.
The SUV continued on, accelerating, and almost hit an officer as they yelled at the man to stop, police said.
Police began chase, following the SUV with blue lights and sirens on. According to the police report, the SUV almost hit a vehicle and forced another off the side of the road as it headed towards Interstate 85 north.
As they continued to chase the SUV, police said the driver exited twice at mile markers 100 and 102, merging back onto the interstate. In Blacksburg, authorities deployed spike strips causing some of the Expedition's tires to deflate but he continued on north, according to the report.
Once he crossed into North Carolina, police said the North Carolina Highway Patrol took over until the SUV crashed into a median wall in Mecklenburg County,
According to WBTV in Charlotte, stop sticks were deployed again, blowing out all of the tires.
Police said the driver got out, hopped the wall and ran away on foot across southbound I-85 until he was arrested. WBTV reported the man was shot with a Taser and taken to the hospital following his arrest.
Gaffney police identified the driver as 25-year-old Daniel Lozano Jr., of Gaffney. There is no word yet what charges he faces.
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