A Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy suffered a leg injury and three patrol cars were damaged during a vehicle chase with two Charlotte men Wednesday morning.
The men were arrested after one of them jumped into Lake Norman and then swam back to shore and the other suspect tried to run from police.
Mount Holly police began chasing the van the men were in after receiving a 911 call shortly after 4 a.m. about a break-in happening in the Stonewater Bay neighborhood, Police Chief Don Roper said.
Officers spotted the van leaving the area on Horseshoe Beach Bend Road and turning north onto N.C. 16, Roper said.
The pursuit led into eastern Lincoln County, and sheriff’s deputies were called in to help, authorities said.
Lincoln County deputies were southbound on N.C. 16 Business when they encountered the chase headed north on the two-lane road.
The lead Lincoln County patrol car tried to stop and turn around on the chase near the N.C. 16-Unity Church Road intersection. That led to a chain-reaction collision with the two other patrol cars, Lincoln County sheriff’s spokesman Larry Seagle said.
The injured deputy was taken to a hospital, and the patrol cars were towed from the scene, Seagle said. The deputy was not identified.
The chase ended on N.C. 150 East in a construction zone on a bridge over the lake at the Iredell-Catawba county line.
The van crashed into construction equipment, and the two occupants jumped out, Seagle said.
Police charged Dibril Sow, 25, with breaking into a vehicle, attempted breaking into a vehicle, financial card theft and financial card fraud. He was jailed on $13,500 bail.
Ahmed Bachir Amadou, 23, was charged with fleeing in a vehicle to elude arrest, attempted breaking into a vehicle, reckless driving and speeding at least 15 mph over the posted limit. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.