A suspect is still at large after he used a golf cart to escape police after a routine traffic stop went awry on Monday just outside of Charlotte, N.C. Authorities say the man assaulted an officer, fled the scene, hopped in a golf cart – that still had clubs on the back – and took off.
Dispatchers said it started as a traffic stop that turned into a jump-and-run near the Rolling Hills Golf Club on Par Drive in Salisbury.
They said the man ran onto the golf course and somehow got control of a golf cart. WSOC-TV spoke to the golfer who said he was teeing off when the man took off with his golf cart and clubs.
“I saw the county officer chasing him, I got out of the way,” said the golfer.
“(A) guy inside the clubhouse told me the fellow was playing golf and got off to hit his shot and the other guy hopped into the golf cart and took off with it,” said golf course manager Derek Lipe.
According to the Salisbury Post, the suspect is still at large but has identified as Christopher Lee Erwin, 32, of Salisbury, N.C. His current outstanding charges include:
• Resisting a public officer (misdemeanor)
• Assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting physical injury (felony)
• Felonious fleeing to elude arrest (felony)
• Possession of a stolen firearm (felony)
• Carrying a concealed weapon (misdemeanor)
• Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony)
• Common law robbery (felony)
• Felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance
• Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver a scheduled II controlled substance (felony)
• Possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)
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