BELMONT, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A South Carolina man accused of stealing from Walmart faces several charges and almost hit a police officer with his car on Sunday.

On Sunday, around 4:30 p.m., Belmont officers got called to Walmart over a theft report. 

When authorities arrived, they saw Justin Alejandro Martin enter a vehicle. After refusing commands to exit, he sped off and hit a patrol vehicle. He also reportedly missed hitting an officer. 

Authorities attempted to slow the man with stop sticks, hitting his front left tire, but he continued to flee north on Interstate 85. 

Martin made it to Queen City Drive in Charlotte, jumping out of the car with a female passenger. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police apprehended the female passenger while they caught Martin inside a hotel room.

Belmont Police say there were no injuries during the attempted stop and pursuit. 

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Martin is in the Gaston County Jail on an $86,000 secured bond. He faces six misdemeanor charges of theft in addition to the following:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon of a government official
  • Flee/elude arrest, motor vehicle
  • Resist public officer
  • Hit/run leave scene property damage
  • Reckless driving, wanton disregard
  • Window, tinting violation
  • Fail to stop – steady red light
  • Fail to stop – steady red light
  • Fail to maintain lane control
  • Shoplifting/concealment of goods
  • Fake car title/registration/tag
  • Driving with license revoked