According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, golfers were running for their lives when a police chase jumped the curb and crossed a golf course in the North Carolina mountains.
It happened Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Franklin Golf Course in Franklin, about 190 miles west of Charlotte.
There were no injuries, despite the vehicle crashing into a tree when the pursuit reached a nearby yard.
Bond was set at $4.2 million for the driver, who was described by Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland as “a threat to our community”.
Investigators say the chase began when the suspect dodged “a routine traffic stop” and began driving through a construction zone.
“The vehicle was chased by police and entered the school grounds and then continued off the road and through a local golf course, causing golfers to flee,” the sheriff’s office said.
“As soon as the driver entered Golf View Drive, an MCSO detective tried to take out the fleeing vehicle using ‘stop sticks’. To avoid the stop poles, the vehicle made an abrupt left turn into a yard of a local residence and collided with a tree. The driver of the car got out and tried to run away.”
He was quickly apprehended by a detective and in possession of a handgun and a “large amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The driver was arrested, officials said, and charged with:
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
trafficking in heroin/fentanyl
trade in methamphetamine
possession of narcotics within 300 meters of a school
possession of narcotics
flee to avoid arrest
Two of its passengers were detained, including a woman accused of possessing methamphetamine and bringing narcotics into a prison “after a more thorough investigation” at the Macon County Detention Center, officials said. Bond was set at $100,000.
“A third person who was a passenger was released because she had nothing illegal in her possession,” officials said.
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