North Carolina cops say a wrong-way driver intentionally tried to hit oncoming cars

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A North Carolina man has been charged with intentionally trying to hit oncoming vehicles while driving on the wrong side of US 321 in Catawba County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Troopers say it happened around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, just south of Hickory. Hickory is located about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Troopers became aware of the driver when 911 callers began reporting a white truck heading south in the northbound lanes of US 321, the Highway Patrol said in a news release.

“There were reports that the driver was intentionally swerving into oncoming traffic,” Master Trooper Christopher M. Casey said in the release.

“At the same time, the truck reportedly struck several vehicles near River Road (mile marker 41) and continued south in the northbound lanes.”

Troopers found the vehicle, which was still heading in the wrong direction, near the Lincoln County line.

“When the officer took his position to stop the car that was heading in the wrong direction, it swerved toward him as it passed,” officials said.

“The trooper then traveled in the wrong direction for approximately one-tenth of a mile to catch up with the vehicle and immediately executed a pinpoint technique (PIT maneuver) to stop the vehicle.”

This step led to the truck being disabled and the driver was arrested without any incident.

“The soldier and the suspect were injured,” the officials said. “The drivers of the affected vehicles were transported by EMS to an area hospital with minor injuries.”

Investigators identified the driver as a 30-year-old man who lives in Marion, about 40 miles west of Hickory.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of felony hit and run; driving while impaired; Reckless and reckless driving. Driving without a license, officials said. Bond was set at $4,000, officials said.

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