STANLEY, NC (FOX 46) - A man has been arrested after being involved in a hit-and-run that led to an officer-involved car chase in Stanley, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office pursued a hit and run suspect, Jeramie Hawthorne, 29, after the vehicle turned into Iron Elementary School then ran through a grassy area before getting back onto Highway 27 East.
The sheriff's office said a deputy was conducting school traffic around 7:55 a.m. Monday when Hawthorne approached the school.
Authorities said Hawthorne apparently saw the flashing blue lights on the patrol car and turned left into the school parking area. Hawthorne then drove through a grassy area and back onto Highway 27 going east.
The deputy chased after Hawthorne east on Highway 27 into Gaston County where he wrecked near Black Snake Road and Highway 27 in Stanley, according to authorities.
The deputy and a Gaston County Officer were able to take Hawthorne into custody after he crashed into a tree and continued to try and get away, according to the sheriff's office.
Paramedics arrived on scene to assist Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Hawthorne was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
He was charged by Lincoln County with felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of crack cocaine, possession of Schedule IV (Xanax) and driving while license are revoked. He faces a number of charges by the NC Highway Patrol.
Just spoke with a couple whose car was hit during the car chase- told me the driver sped through a school yard pic.twitter.com/j6HB6SNSpK— Madelyn Hastings (@MaddyFox46) October 3, 2016