Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, June 30, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating a motor vehicle collision following a vehicle pursuit that began in Central Division and concluded in South Carolina.
On June 30, 2021, shortly before 4:00 a.m., Central officers were alerted by our License Plate Reader of a GMC Terrain SUV wanted in a violent crime. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on I-277 near 3rd and 4th St. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit concluded in South Carolina when the vehicle struck a 2014 Honda Cr-V traveling west on SC160 with a green light.
The CMPD’s Major Crash Investigation Unit, DWI Task Force, Motorcycle Unit, and Crime Scene Search responded to conduct the investigation and collect physical evidence. The preliminary investigation indicated the GMC approached an intersection on SC160 when the driver, identified as Patrick McManus, DOB: 02/10/1993, failed to stop for a red light and entered the intersection at approximately 70-90MPH. The GMC struck the Honda CR-V that had a green light. After the initial strike, the Honda rolled side to side multiple times, coming to a final rest on its passenger side against a traffic light control box southwest of the intersection. The GMC rotated clockwise out of control and went to a final rest on SC21 south of the intersection. SC EMS arrived and transported both drivers to Piedmont Medical with injuries. McManus was subsequently life-flighted to Atrium Health Main. The driver of the Honda, Ismael Antonio Castro, DOB: 03/24/1996, was transported with serious injuries.
Upon McManus’s release from the hospital, McManus will be charged with Felony Flee to Elude and Firearm by Felon via arrest warrants that have been obtained.
During the on-scene investigation, a firearm was recovered inside the GMC. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash between the GMC and Honda and was assisted by the CMPD Major Crash Unit and CSS. Further, the Internal Affairs of CMPD will be investigating the pursuit to ensure all policies were followed during the apprehension of McManus and the GMC.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. As further information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information concerning the crash, should contact Detective Crum at (704) 432-2169 Ext#4 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. The report number for this case is 2021-0630-0350-00.