Man Stole Golf Car, Punched Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputy

christopher-lee-erwinA man accused of punching a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy fled on a golf cart taken from another golfer at a course this week.

Christopher Lee Erwin, 32, of Salisbury, allegedly rode the stolen golf cart down Rolling Hills Golf Club’s 13th fairway, fleeing a State Highway Patrol helicopter and several police department officers on Tuesday.

Investigators said Erwin ignored a sheriff’s deputy’s lights before punching him on the right side of his face several times before the deputy fired a Taser at him.

Crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia were also found in the car and a 9mm handgun stolen from Lexington in April was found outside the driver’s side door, the sheriff’s office said.

Erwin has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting injury, resisting a public officer, possession of a stolen firearm, felonious fleeing to elude arrest,  possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, common law robbery, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police ask anyone who knows Erwin’s whereabouts to 911 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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