Suspects arrested after police chase ends with crash

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The stolen Lexus the suspects allegedly led police on a chase with, before crashing. (Brian Rainey/WGHP-TV)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials said two armed robbery suspects were arrested after they led police on a car chase and crashed into a tree.

Melvin Raimund Paul, 32, of Winston-Salem, and Sharmia Hagler, 29, of Georgia, face charges after leading authorities on a chase from High Point to Winston-Salem.

The suspects are accused of robbing the A-1 pawn shop at 143 Greensboro Road in High Point Saturday morning.

A High Point police officer spotted the suspects’ Lexus and a chase started just after 11 a.m., police said.

The pursuit ended when the suspects crashed the vehicle in the 1100 block of 12th Street near North Cleveland Avenue in Winston-Salem.

The suspects were arrested by Winston-Salem police. Authorities said they were both treated for minor injuries.

Police said the suspects had driven a stolen vehicle with Tennessee tags. Various charges are pending, but police did not say what they were. Both the suspects were listed as unemployed.

Police said Paul is connected to three armed robberies reported in Winston-Salem this month, two at the Akron Market Citgo on N. Glenn Avenue and one at the Fast Track on University Parkway.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information can call the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Crimestoppers at 727-2800 or the High Point Crimestoppers at 889-4000.

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