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Deputies: Man injured after stealing ATV, leading them on early morning chase

James Harris (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office) James Harris (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
Johnathan Williams (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office) Johnathan Williams (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Lincoln County say one person riding a stolen ATV was seriously injured and a second man was arrested following an early morning chase east of Lincolnton.

Two Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies were in the parking lot of Hope Baptist Church on Salem Road shortly after 3 a.m. when the saw an ATV followed closely by a car traveling south on Salem Road.

The officers went to investigate and the two vehicles attempted to leave the area, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. 

When deputies caught up with the vehicles the car pulled over but the ATV continued south on Salem Road.  

Near the intersection of the Country Club Road the ATV, which had run off the road, came back onto the roadway and struck one of the deputies patrol cars. The man continued to flee the deputies before striking a culvert ejecting the driver off the vehicle.

Johnathan Heath Williams, 26, of Lincolnton, was transported to CMC-Lincoln with head injuries then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is charged with one count fo felony larceny.

The driver of the car James Allen Harris, 50, of Lincolnton, was arrested later on Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. 

He is charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License are Suspended or Revoked, Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV, and traffic violations – other. 

He is in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $17,000 secured bond.

The ATV was reported stolen around 8:50 a.m. Thursday. 

David Queen told investigators that the 4-wheeler was taken from his garage in Lincolnton overnight.

The accident is under investigation by the State Highway Patrol.

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