Deputies: Man accused of shooting at officers, ramming patrol car head-on with truck arrested in Cleveland County
22-year-old Austin Hannon was arrested in the Mary’s Grove area
CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man accused of leading officers on a chase and shooting at them was taken into custody in Cleveland County after he rammed a deputy’s car head-on in Lincoln County, officials say.
Deputies said 22-year-old Austin Nathaniel Hannon was wanted on charges relating to a vehicle chase and shooting at police. Hannon was considered by deputies to be “armed and dangerous,” a Facebook post from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said.
On Sept. 24, around 9:30 p.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy went to a home on Calloway Road after a person told him Hannon was at that location. Officials say warrants on Hannon were confirmed but he was not at the home.
As deputies cleared the scene, the same person told officers that Hannon was at another location on Magnolia Grove Road.
When the deputy pulled into the driveway of the home he observed two vehicles. The officers pulled off the driveway into the yard.
Officials say one of the vehicles in the driveway, a pickup truck, spun around and traveled toward the patrol car striking the vehicle head-on.
Deputies say the truck left the property traveling Magnolia Grove Road toward Philadelphia Church Road followed by the patrol car. The deputy’s vehicle began to smoke and he aborted the chase and lost sight of the vehicle.
A second deputy picked up the chase but the truck crashed into a couple of vehicles in a driveway of a home on Magnolia Grove Road and continued on into Gaston County.
Officials say surrounding counties were notified about the chase and Gaston County officers located the vehicle, continuing the chase which eventually ended in Cleveland County.
Hannon is now charged in Lincoln County with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude arrest, felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and misdemeanor injury to personal property.
He faces a number of additional charges in Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
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