Double Dipping Lands 2 in Handcuffs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A wild ride Monday for some early morning commuters. Officers chased two guys in a UHaul truck between counties and towns. A blown tire and broken axle finally stopped the truck at an apartment complex off Pressley Road in south Charlotte.
Stallings Police Department Lt. Minor Plyler says, "It was a textbook pursuit. They (the officers) followed our policy with the weather conditions, clear, obviously, very light traffic and at no time was any general public in danger whatsoever."
32-year-old Maxwell Smith and 59-year-old Sylvester Mobley, believed to be uncle and nephew, both with previous criminal records, now face new felony charges.
Cops started chasing them after the men showed up at an equipment store in Stallings on Union West Boulevard at 5:15AM. Police were already there; they say the men had stolen four lawn mowers and were returning for more. Plyler says, "The officers were on the scene and the UHaul truck came back close to the scene, made a quick u-turn to leave."
A "be on the lookout" went out to surrounding agencies. Mint Hill police stopped the UHaul. "When the Mint Hill officer went to approach the truck, it took off," says Plyler. Police say the guys in the truck headed to I-485S toward Pineville, then to Tryon Street in south Charlotte before ending at the Pressley Road location.
The chase was captured on police dash cam video. It's being reviewed for evidence and a judge will decide whether to release it to the public.
The arrest of the two men may help officers close other theft cases, too. Plyler says, "Previous break-ins is (sic) highly possible."
The Stallings Police pursuit policy does not have a maximum speed. The investigation is ongoing, so all the department can tell us is that officers were traveling above posted speed limits. Also, when chases cross jurisdictions, as this one did, the departments notify each other. It's up to each one to determine if they'll assist.
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