LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A hit-and-run suspect led officers on a multi-county chase Monday morning, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 8 a.m. Monday, a deputy directing school traffic spotted a vehicle quickly make a turn into the school parking lot, drive through a grassy area and back onto Highway 27 eastbound.
The deputy pursued the vehicle on Highway 27 into Gaston County until the suspect vehicle crashed into a tree off Black Snake Road and Highway 27.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says their deputy, along with a Gaston County officer had to take evasive action to get out of the way of the moving suspect vehicle but were able to do so safely and take the suspect into custody.
Authorities say the suspect, 29-year-old Jeramie Quortez Hawthorne was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Highway 150 east of Lincolnton, prior to the police pursuit.
Hawthorne is charged with felony fleeing to elude, felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony possession of crack cocaine, misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV drug (Xanax) and driving while license revoked.
He was booked into the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.
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