Car hits power pole, sparks electrical fire in nearby east Charlotte home

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FOX 46 Charlotte 

A vehicle crashed into a parked car and power pole early Tuesday morning, sparking an electrical fire in a nearby east Charlotte house, according to police. 

The crash happened at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the 2700 block of Eastway Drive. 

CMPD said a white Nissan Altima struck a parked car and power pole, knocking power lines on to the road. The driver and a passenger inside the car were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

According to police, a CMPD officer spotted the Nissan on Eastway Drive at The Plaza early Tuesday morning following a stabbing incident at a Shell Gas Station at 1125 Sugar Creek Road. 

CMPD said the Nissan matched the suspect vehicle description given at Shell. A CMPD officer attempted to pull the car over, but the Nissan refused to stop and drove away. 

"The officer did not pursue the vehicle as it was not clear at that time if the occupants were in fact the suspects who had stabbed the victim at the Shell Station," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said. 

A short time later, the vehicle wrecked on Eastway Drive. Downed power lines caused a power surge and sparked an electrical fire in the attic of a nearby house, Charlotte Fire said. All residents were able to escape and are OK. The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damages. 

"Detectives are actively working to determine if the suspects involved in the crash on Eastway Drive are in fact the same individuals who stabbed the victim on Sugar Creek Road," CMPD said. 

The Charlotte Fire Department, Duke Energy and CMPD all responded to this incident Tuesday. 

Both directions of Eastway Drive remain closed.