Golfers sent running by police chase across NC course


Golfers were sent scrambling when this vehicle drove across a course in Franklin, North Carolina, according to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office photo

Golfers were sent running for their lives when a police chase jumped the curb and cut across a golf course in the North Carolina mountains, according to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Franklin Golf Course in Franklin, about 190 miles west of Charlotte.

No injuries were reported, despite the vehicle crashing into a tree when the chase reached a nearby yard.

Bond was set at $4.2 million for the driver, who was described as “a menace to our community” by Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.

Investigators say the chase began when the suspect dodged “a routine traffic stop” and began speeding through a construction zone.

“The vehicle was pursued by law enforcement and entered school property and then continued to drive off road and through a local golf course that sent golfers fleeing,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Once the driver entered Golf View Drive a detective with the MCSO attempted to utilize ‘stop sticks’ to disable the fleeing vehicle. To avoid the stop sticks the vehicle made an abrupt left hand turn into a local residence yard and collided with a tree. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and attempted to run.”

He was quickly apprehended by a detective and found in possession of a handgun and a “large amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine,” the sheriff’s office said.

The driver was arrested, officials said, and charged with:

  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • trafficking in heroin/fentanyl
  • trafficking in methamphetamine
  • possession of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school
  • possession of narcotics
  • fleeing to elude arrest

Two of his passengers were detained, including a woman charged with possession of methamphetamine and bringing narcotics into a jail “following a more thorough search” at the Macon County Detention Center, officials said. Bond was set at $100,000.

“A third person who was a passenger was released from the scene because she did not have anything illegal in her possession,” officials said.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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