Police follow truck seen speeding, driving the wrong way through Meck, Union Counties
UNION COUNTY, NC – Chopper 9 Skyzoom was overhead as authorities vaguely followed a truck speeding, swerving and even driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 485.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department helicopter began following a truck Monday morning from Charlotte to Union County and then back to Charlotte.
Police said they obtained a license plate reader for a possible stolen vehicle and tracked the truck.
At one point the truck pulled onto I-485 and could be seen backing onto the shoulder. The truck backed up at least 100 feet until it could descend to Lawyers Road.
Moments later, the driver appeared to swerve across the grass to steer around the other drivers. The driver also ran through several red lights, narrowly missing cars at intersections.
The truck then returned to I-485, traveling in the wrong direction. The truck could also be seen entering from the outgoing side of Independence Boulevard in Stallings. The truck crossed several lanes of traffic, nearly hitting several cars.
Once the truck returned to South Charlotte, Chopper 9 Skyzoom could see the driver stop the truck, jump, and drive away near the Charlotte Latin School. Authorities then searched the ground near the intersection of County Lane and Loma Linda Lane for the driver, but did not find him.
Ed and Mary Liddic were among dozens of people endangered by the driver. They were on Stallings Road, returning from a trip to retrieve a sewing machine.
“Thank goodness. I believe he was sitting there with us. We’re both 89, so we thought it was our time,” they said.
The couple, who were nearly hit, told Channel 9 they thought the worst when they saw the truck coming straight in their direction.
“As we were driving back, we went to turn on the road, and this truck is heading right at us in the wrong lane, and I swear it only missed us by a foot,” Mary said. “Right after that, the police cars started driving down. I thought he was after him.
Police said no arrests have been made at this stage and no one was injured in the incident.
“I thought I was going to be on TV for another reason. I didn’t think we would be here really. I thought we were going to get hit hard. That’s how scared I was” , said Mary.
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back to this story for updates.
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