LINCOLNTON The rider of a stolen ATV was seriously injured, and a second man was arrested after a chase east of Lincolnton early Thursday, Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators said.
At about 3 a.m., two sheriff’s deputies were in their vehicles in the Hope Baptist Church parking lot on Salem Road when they saw an ATV followed closely by a car traveling south on Salem Road.
The officers went to investigate, and the two vehicles attempted to flee, investigators said.
When deputies caught up with the vehicles, the car pulled over but the ATV continued south on Salem Road, investigators said. Near the intersection of Country Club Road, the ATV, which had run off the road, returned to the road and struck one of the patrol cars.
The rider continued to flee before the ATV struck a culvert and the rider was thrown off the vehicle.
Johnathan Heath Williams, 26, of Lincolnton was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln with head injuries and then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Williams was charged with one count of felony larceny in connection with the Honda 400 ATV.
The driver of the car, James Allen Harris, 50, also of Lincolnton was arrested later on Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Harris was charged with one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license is suspended or revoked, possession of a controlled substance Schedule IV, and traffic violations.
Harris was in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $17,000 secured bond.
The ATV was reported stolen about 8:50 a.m. Thursday. Investigators said David Queen told them the 4-wheeler was taken overnight from his garage on Keener Road.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.
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