Two men arrested after Princess Place Dr. pursuit - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Two men arrested after Princess Place Dr. pursuit

Kareem Alif Rowe (Source: WPD) Kareem Alif Rowe (Source: WPD)
Curtis Leroy James (Source: WPD) Curtis Leroy James (Source: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two men have been arrested after they failed to stop for police Thursday night resulting in a wreck on Princess Place Drive, according to a news release from the New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office.

Police say Kareem Alif Rowe, 33, and Curtis Leroy James, 59, were arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Sgt. J.J. Brewer from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office said it started when deputies tried to pull over a stolen gold Lexus on Princess Place Drive. Sgt. Brewer said when the deputy put on his blue lights, the suspect's car accelerated suddenly, hitting a vehicle that was pulling out of a driveway on the road.

Rowe, the driver, was taken into custody and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  James, the back passenger, was taken into custody and transported to the New Hanover County Detention Facility. 

Police say a third female passenger was ejected from the front seat and she was transported to NHRMC as well. 

The man driving the vehicle that was hit was also transported to NHRMC. 

Glass, tires and car parts were strewn along the road and sidewalk. 

The impact from that crash sent a bumper flying into a home on Princess Place Drive and caused the suspect's vehicle to flip over several times.

One officer on the scene said it was the largest debris field he's ever seen from a car crash.

The New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office and Wilmington Police Department are investigating the crash. Officers said the car was stolen within city limits, so WPD is investigating that as well.

Kareem Alif Rowe is being charged with fleeing to elude (felony one count), reckless driving (misdemeanor one count), driving during revocation (misdemeanor one count) , DWI (misdemeanor one count) and possession of stolen vehicle (felony one count).

Curtis Leroy James is being charged with possession of a stolen vehicle (felony one count).

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