Sheriff: Lincoln County deputy escapes injury when patrol car rammed by pickup truck; arrest made


LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A 22-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said he purposefully rammed a patrol car head-on before leading deputies on a chase from Lincoln County into Gaston County, eventually ending in Cleveland County.

The sheriff’s office said the incident began around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, when deputies discovered a wanted man, identified as Austin Nathaniel Hannon, 22, was spotted in the 900 block of Calloway Road.

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As deputies responded to the area, they were informed Hannon was spotted in the 220 block of Magnolia Grove Road. When a deputy pulled into the driveway of a home on this road, he saw two vehicles outside. The deputy pulled off the driveway and into the yard, the sheriff’s office said.

One of the vehicles, a pickup truck, operated by Hannon, spun around and traveled toward the patrol car, sticking the vehicle head-on, the sheriff’s office said. The truck left the yard and fled the property. The deputy attempted to follow, but his patrol car began to smoke and he aborted the chase.

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Thankfully, the deputy involved is OK, the sheriff’s office said.

Hannon was eventually captured in Cleveland County following the multi-county chase. He has been charged in Lincoln County with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude arrest, felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

He faces additional charges in Gaston and Cleveland counties, the sheriff’s office said.

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