Charlotte Chase suspect reacts to increased bond
Tyler Harding was seen raising his hands as Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers arrested him after an hour-long chase on Wednesday, but he appeared fed up with his first court hearing on Friday, when a judge increased his obligations to a total of nearly $1 million.
Harding is charged with numerous crimes after driving recklessly in Charlotte and evading police on Wednesday. Chopper 9 Skyzoom stayed overhead as it weaved through traffic, stole new getaway vehicles, and then ended up smashing a stolen SUV into a truck, ending the chase.
We first reported that Harding was held on bonds initially totaling $115,000 on Thursday, but that amount was significantly increased on Friday. Channel 9 obtained exclusive video of Friday’s hearing after filing a court filing request.
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The hearing in the courtroom was almost as tense as the prosecution itself. Harding appeared on camera live from the Mecklenburg County Detention Center as the judge read his charges.
Judge Donald Cureton began breaking down the amount of obligations to Harding, increasing the obligations on some of the charges to $250,000 each. The new total: $800,000.
“Oh, f*** that,” Harding told the judge. He got up from his seat and seemed to move away from the camera frame. He then returned to his seat and said to Judge Cureton: “No. I’ll let you finish.
The judge replied, “Wait. Hold. One thing you’re not going to do is give me permission to do anything. I already have that.
Harding also asked the judge an unusual question, saying, “Is it a crime to lie during this process or is it a crime to lie during one of these processes?”
No one gave the suspect an answer, but he was told his statements were being taped and told not to say anything else until he spoke with a lawyer.
Before the hearing ended, Harding stood up and made a statement about an incident that occurred during the lawsuit.
“Hey, why would you try to pull someone out of a wrecked vehicle?” said Harding. “Why would you try to pull someone out of a wrecked vehicle? It does not mean anything.
Harding appeared to be talking about the time Chopper 9 Skyzoom caught him hitting a car head-on in south Charlotte. Moments after the crash, he pulled the driver out of the crashed car. We have since learned that this woman is seven months pregnant, but she is fine.
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According to court documents obtained by Channel 9, Harding is wanted for evading police in a vehicle in Bastrop County, Texas. He remained in Mecklenburg County custody on Friday, but could face extradition to South Carolina to face a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Harding’s next court date is July 11.
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