3-year-old missing NC girl found safe following car accident

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Police say that a North Carolina toddler whose abduction triggered an Amber Alert has been found and reunited with her mother.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued a news release Sunday saying they assisted the U.S. Marshals Service as marshals apprehended a suspect in the Gastonia abduction.

The news release said the Gastonia girl was being reunited with her mother. They said the suspect, identified as Maurice Knox, 57, was arrested following a multi-vehicle crash in Charlotte.

Earlier in the day, a news release issued by state authorities said 3-year-old Destiny Boykins had been abducted by her biological father from a Gastonia apartment in her pajamas.

The US Marshall Service spotted Knox Sunday, driving in a Nissan Altima with his daughter inside, and attempted to pull him over. Knox refused to stop and headed into Charlotte on I-77 north near South Tryon Street. He then exited the highway onto Remount Road where he later got into a wreck with two other vehicles on Remount Road at Toomey Avenue. 

Three adults including a 3-year-old child were all taken to the hospital for treatment of various injuries, police said. All injuries were reported to be non-life threatening. 

Knox was also admitted to the hospital for minor injuries. Police said he was found to be impaired at the time of the crash. Once released from the hospital, he is facing a slew of charges including DWI, assault with a deadly weapon, felony child abuse/neglect, and reckless driving. 

The Associated Press contributed to this article.