DENVER, N.C. -- A Lincoln County man is accused of driving the wrong way on Highway 16 early Sunday morning.

A deputy from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to the area of Highway 16 and St. James Church Road around 1:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a reckless driver.

The deputy was advised that the driver was traveling south in the north bound lanes between Highway 150 and Highway 73. The deputy's patrol car was in the median of the northbound lane when he was advised the vehicle was still traveling south in the wrong lane.

The officer pulled into traffic and noticed the oncoming vehicle. The car almost struck the patrol car as it passed by.

The driver traveled another half mile before finally being stopped just south of the St. James Church Road intersection. The officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle and noticed the smell of alcohol on the suspect.

The vehicle appeared to have been involved in an accident because heavy front end damage, a bent steering wheel and the driver bleeding from his mouth and nose.

Deputies checked with area counties but did not locate a traffic accident involving the vehicle. The suspect originally gave officers a fictitious name but later changed the information to a correct name.

Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 22, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, false Information to a police officer, failure to stop for a blue light or siren, careless and reckless driving, wrong way on a dual lane highway, and expired registration.

Lineberger was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond.

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