LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A teen shot at an officer during a high-speed chase spanning three counties on Thursday night, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said a white van sped away during a stop in Stanley, and the chase then moved into Lincoln County when the van crashed into the back of a pickup truck, pushing it down an embankment.
No one was hurt during that crash, but the van occupied by two South Carolina teens continued onto Highway 321 toward Maiden.
“Stanley Police then turned over the pursuit to Deputy Allred who followed the vehicle on Providence Mill Road in Catawba County,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The deputy tried to get close enough to the vehicle to read the South Carolina license plate and that’s when one of the occupants fired a shotgun at the patrol car."
Along with the 12-gauge shotgun shot, a .9 millimeter was also used to fire at the officer, according to Stanley police.
A short time later the van crashed near the Highway 10 intersection in Catawba County. The teens jumped from the vehicle and ran but were found by officers hiding behind an outbuilding, officials said.
In all, the chase spanned 37 miles. One officer suffered a cut on the head while chasing the two men on foot.
“Officers found a shotgun, a nine millimeter magazine, spent shotgun shells and a small bag of marijuana in the van,” officials said in a statement.
Dakota Lane Sweat, 18, of Little River, South Carolina, is accused of driving the van while intoxicated, hit-and-run and assault on a government official, among other felony charges. The passenger was identified as Brandon Jeffery Bridges, 18, of Little River, and additional charges are expected.
Sweat appeared in a Lincoln County District Court Friday and is being held on a $196,000 secured bond.