Chopper 9, the News Helicopter for ABC affiliate WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina, is being credited by police for helping to catch a motorcyclist who got away from them during an early morning high-speed chase.
The first video shows the WSOC news helicopter continuing to track the suspect, who reached a speed of 100 miles an hour, after police broke off the chase for safety reasons.
The Highway Patrol used information from WSOC’s broadcast to locate the suspect who had parked under a grove of trees at a construction site. After the jump, his arrest.
The suspect, Tyrone Midder, admitted to being the chase suspect when troopers arrived at the scene, “I think once he saw the helicopter was there and had watched him the whole time, it hit home with him,” said North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Keller. “That’s when he started to talk a little bit.”
According to troopers the suspect took off after being pulled over for misdemeanor speeding. He now faces nearly a dozen charges.