PINEHURST — Authorities say a drunken man rammed a state trooper with his golf cart Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Thomas Lineberry, 59, of Wilmington, is accused of running into Trooper Ryan A. Goodin and scooting away from the scene on his golf cart. The N.C. Highway Patrol arrested Lineberry on assault, hit-and-run and impaired driving charges.
Goodin was not seriously injured, state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said. He received treatment for a minor leg injury at the Highway Patrol’s on-site medical trailer during the golf tournament.
Goodin is assigned to the Highway Patrol office in Statesville and is among roughly 170 troopers providing security and traffic control during the men’s and women’s U.S. Open championships in Pinehurst. Two troopers stationed at Richmond County’s N.C. Highway Patrol office in Hamlet and one assigned to Scotland County are also working the U.S. Open detail.
Trooper C.A. Smith arrested Lineberry on charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, driving while impaired and resisting, obstructing or delaying a public officer.
A Moore County magistrate ordered Lineberry held under a $3,000 secured bond, Walker said. Lineberry was released after posting bond Saturday night.
— Corey Friedman