Teens lead NC cops on 100 mph chase, one remains at-large

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - Two teens are in custody after police say they led officers on a two-county chase late Sunday night, and police are still looking for the third suspect involved.

The chase began after three teens allegedly robbed the Dairy Queen at 3128 Union Road in Gastonia around 9:30 p.m.

According to the Gastonia Police Department, at least one of the teens was armed with a handgun.  A customer at the restaurant was also robbed during the incident, police said.

An employee managed to sneak out the back door of the restaurant when the suspects entered.  He ran across the street and called 911.

The teens left the business in a white Pontiac.  A Gaston County officer attempted to stop the suspects at the intersection of Kendrick Road and Gaston Day School Road.

Police say at least one of the teens allegedly fired shots at a vehicle in front of the suspects' car at the intersection.  The driver of the car that was fired upon was not injured, but the car was damaged.

Gastonia police officers continued pursuing the suspects' vehicle along I-85 north and into Mecklenburg County where the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department assisted with the chase.

According to Sergeant Jimmy Arndt with the Gastonia Police Department, as the men were being chased, they also threw items out of the vehicle in Gastonia and Charlotte.

At times, the suspects' vehicle reached up to 100 miles per hour, police said.

Once the suspects arrived in west Charlotte, they stopped on Hoskins Road and jumped out of the vehicle.  Officers from the Gastonia Police Department, NC Highway Patrol, and CMPD chased the suspects on foot.

Aaron Duncan Hall, 18, and Pervis Deandre Lewis, 17, both of Charlotte, were taken into custody at 309 S. Cloudman Street in Charlotte, Arndt said.

Hall and Lewis were each charged with two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Yield to Lights and Siren, Speed to Elude Arrest, as well as numerous other traffic charges.

Police are still looking for the third teen, 18-year-old Eli Hernandez.  At the time of the incident Sunday night, police said he was already out on bond and wearing an electronic monitoring device for pending charges in Charlotte for Larceny from Auto.  After Hernandez jumped out of the car, police say he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitor.

Warrants have been obtained against Hernandez for two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Kidnapping, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Attempted Murder.

Police say Hernandez has ties to Gastonia and is known to frequent Gastonia.

If you have information about the robbery or know where Hernandez may be hiding, call 704-366-6702 or 704-866-6880.

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