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Wilmington man hits state trooper with golf cart at U.S. Open

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59-year-old Thomas Lineberry was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, and driving while impaired, among other charges. (Source: WNCN) 59-year-old Thomas Lineberry was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, and driving while impaired, among other charges. (Source: WNCN)
PINEHURST, NC (WECT) -

A Wilmington man is facing multiple charges after hitting a state trooper with a golf cart  Saturday at the U.S. Open Championships in Pinehurst, NC.

According to a press release from the NC Department of Public Safety, 59-year-old Thomas Lineberry was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, and driving while impaired, among other charges.

A state trooper said Lineberry ignored instructions to stay put, then hit the officer with the cart.
 
Lineberry's job was to drive the NBC golf cart to get on-air talent in position for the next shots.

Lineberry posted a $3,000 secured bond Saturday night.

Trooper Ryan A. Goodin was treated and released from the State Highway Patrol medical trailer for a minor leg injury.

Trooper Goodin is assigned to the Statesville Office and has been one of approximately 170 troopers assisting with security at the U.S. Open Championships.

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