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Golf cart hits trooper, man arrested at US Open

PINEHURST A driver was charged Saturday with hitting a state trooper with his golf cart at the U.S. Open, authorities said.

Thomas Lineberry, 59, of Wilmington, was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer; felony hit and run; driving while impaired; and resist, obstruct and delay, according to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Trooper Ryan A. Goodin, who is assigned to the Statesville Highway Patrol office, was treated at the SHP medical trailer for a minor leg injury and released, according to the release. Goodin is one of about 170 troopers helping with security at the U.S. Open.

The Golfweek magazine website reported late Saturday that the man arrested was the driver for NBC on-course reporter Roger Maltbie.

Golfweek did not report Lineberry’s name but reported the driver ran over the foot of the trooper, who then chased the cart while yelling for the driver to stop and handcuffed him when he caught up.

The driver also drove for Maltbie at the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst, according to the website.

A magistrate gave Lineberry a $3,000 secured bond, and Lineberry posted bond Saturday night.

Dan Higgins, a spokesman for NBC’s Golf Channel, said late Saturday the broadcasting company had not seen the incident report and had no comment.

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