According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the golfers were chased when this vehicle drove through a course in Franklin, North Carolina.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office photo

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

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

There were no injuries, although the car crashed into a tree when the chase reached a nearby yard.

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

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

“The vehicle was pursued by law enforcement and entered a school property before continuing down the road and through a local golf course, causing the golfers to flee,” the sheriff’s office said.

“As the driver entered Golf View Drive, a detective with the MCSO attempted to use stop sticks to disable the fleeing vehicle. In order to avoid the stop sticks, the car made a sharp left turn into the yard of a local house and collided with a tree. The driver got out of the car and tried to run away.”

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

According to officials, the driver was detained and charged with:

  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • heroin/fentanyl trafficking
  • turnover of methamphetamine
  • possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school
  • possession of drugs
  • fled to avoid arrest

Two of his passengers were taken into custody, including a woman who was charged with possession of methamphetamine and transporting drugs to jail “after a more thorough search” at the Macon County Detention Center, officials said. Bond was set at $100,000.

“The third person, who was a passenger, was released from the scene because there was nothing illegal in her possession,” officials said.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics 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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