Convicted Felon Leads CMPD, NC Highway Patrol on Chase Through Several Counties

North Carolina Department of Public Safety records also show McCorkle has previous convictions, including felony cocaine possession in 2000 and misdemeanor assault on a female in 2004. Both of these incidents occurred in Mecklenburg County.

From http://www.wsoctv.com, March 28, 2015

A man is in custody Saturday after leading police in a two-hour chase through multiple counties Friday night.

Around 10:30 p.m., a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department helicopter found a white, 2002 Cadillac Escalade driven by Jonathan McCorkle.

Jonathan McCorkle photo

Jonathan McCorkle

McCorkle, 40 was wanted for assault, felony larceny and other charges.

McCorkle continued to drive when a patrol car ordered him to stop.

The helicopter kept a spotlight on the car as officers on the ground pursued McCorkle to Interstate 85.

McCorkle continued to travel in and out of Gaston County, and back into Mecklenburg.

Highway patrol officers placed stop sticks on I-85 near the county line. McCorkle avoided the sticks. However, a highway patrol car, at least one tractor-trailer and an unrelated car hit them.

Officials said McCorkle continued to drive north on I-85 and took the Billy Graham exit traveling east towards Interstate 77. McCorkle swerved around a second stop stick deployment.

McCorkle hit a third stop stick near the I-77 interchange, which deflated two of his tires.

Police were able to trap his vehicle on East Boulevard.

McCorkle escaped from the car with a white pillow case full of marijuana and cash as well as a gun. He threw the gun into the bushes, but officials later found it.

McCorkle ran for three to four blocks until officials captured him in the 800 block of West Kingston Avenue.

CMPD is using several wallets holding IDs and credit cards they found in McCorkle’s car to help in the investigation.

Officials also said McCorkle tried to kidnap his girlfriend from a local bar.

No one was seriously injured.

McCorkle is charged with felony flee to elude, DWI, damage to state property; failure to heed blue lights and siren, possession of a firearm by felon, distributing drugs, driving while impaired and other related infractions.

In addition to the warrants, the suspect was also wanted for questioning by the York County Sherriff’s Office, Gaston police and the Union County Sherriff’s Office.

According to the Lincoln-Times Newspaper, McCorkle was also arrested in early March after a car chase in Lincolnton.

McCorkle passed troopers traveling 94 mph in a 45-mph zone. When troopers initiated a stop, he fled, reaching sppeds of 130 mph near Lincoln Charter School.

Troopers said he ran out of gas and fled into the woods. He was subdued with a taser in that incident and no weapons were found.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety records also show McCorkle has previous convictions, including felony cocaine possession in 2000 and misdemeanor assault on a female in 2004. Both of these incidents occurred in Mecklenburg County.

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