Officer rescued following east Charlotte chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were injured in collisions during a police chase in east Charlotte Thursday.
Police identified the man involved in the chase as Francisco Rodriguez. Police say he will be charged with DWI. Additional charges are pending.
Shortly after 2 p.m. an officer with the Hickory Grove Division tried stopping a truck that was speeding.
Police say Officer Richard Grubb pulled over the vehicle at the intersection of Sharon Amity and Shamrock Roads. when the officer got out the suspect put the truck in reverse and rammed the police car before speeding off.
Grubb got into his car and chased the suspect to Michigan Avenue and the Plaza, a dead end.
There, the officer stopped the suspect for a second time. when Grubb got out of his car the suspect tried hitting him with his truck, police say. the officer fired two shots, but police don’t believe any hit the suspect.
The truck sped off towards the Plaza and Sugar Creek. Officer Keith Trietley was responding to the scene and was traveling eastbound on the Plaza.
Police say the suspect intentionally crossed over the yellow line and struck Trietley head on.
"[The officer] was hurt," said witness Ross McNear. McNear says a fire started at the wreck after the crash.
"Once we got the fire out, that’s when the rest of the police came. We rushed to get the officer out of the car," he continued.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says Trietley has “multiple fractures” and is “pretty banged up.”
Trietley was wearing his seat belt, which is what saved his life, according to Monroe.
Trietley and the suspect were transported to Carolinas Medical Center- Main.
Grubb was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
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