Stolen car took authorities on search that expanded to Interstate 85 and northeast Charlotte.
Carjacking and robbery
There was an apparent carjacking that took officers on a search in northeast Charlotte early Wednesday morning. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating the case of the carjacking. According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and a news report by local television station WCNC, a man told authorities that he was the victim of the carjacking. The man told authorities that his car was stolen in the 1400 block of Tom Hunter Road near the motel Economy Inn. The man described two suspects involved, one female and the other male. He told them that he was robbed, and that the suspects took off with his vehicle at the motel.
911 dispatchers were reportedly told that the vehicle was stolen and that the car the police were looking for was a gray Toyota Corolla. The police later found a vehicle matching that description. The car that was pulled over had two female passengers, and the driver was male, according to WCNC.
Search for the wrong vehicle
Officers say the search of the vehicle lead them all the way to Interstate 85 north that took them to Poplar Tent Road in Cabarrus County. However, the male driver of the car turned the vehicle around and started to drive back to Mecklenburg County. While authorities were in search of the car, detectives were gathering additional information at the scene of the crime. The detectives were informed by the victim that the car was not a Toyota Corolla but a Toyota SUV. After police received the correct information, they ended their search of the Toyota Corolla.
The police say that the car involved in the chase was deserted a few miles away from the crime scene on Equipment Drive. The driver of the car had fled the vehicle and has not been captured. However, authorities have said they are not involved in the carjacking of the Toyota SUV. Police are still trying to figure out why the male driver of the Corolla fled from the scene. The police and detectives have not determined whether or not that the two female passengers in the Corolla will be charged. According to the news report by WCNC, officers have not yet located the stolen car. They are asking anyone with information to call local authorities, or to call Crime Stoppers.