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Car chase sends two N.C. men to hospital

Two men were taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after the leading York County sheriff's deputies on a 10-minute chase into Charlotte.

Authorities began the chase around 1:15 p.m. after they saw a Ford Crown Victoria was not stopping for Rock Hill police, said sheriff's Lt. Tim Smith.

Just before the county line, the car rammed one of the officer's cars.

The driver of the Ford lost control of the vehicle at Arrowood Road in Charlotte and crashed. Alex Leon Laurance of Charlotte and Jeff Grayson of Davidson, N.C., were arrested and charged in the incident. The men were taken to a local hospital, Smith said. Their condition was unknown Friday evening, but both were alert and speaking after the accident, Smith said.

Inside the car, officers found TVs, a laptop computer and other items that police were able to track back to a Fort Mill home that had been burglarized, Smith said.

The car had been stolen earlier in Charlotte, he said.

Laurance will be charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and failure to stop for a blue light and both men will be charged with burglary, grand larceny and criminal conspiracy, Smith said.

The officer in the car that was rammed was unharmed and the vehicle sustained only minimal damage, Smith said.

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