Golf cart driver faces charges after hitting trooper at US Open

Golf cart driver faces charges after hitting trooper at US Open (Image 1)

A Wilmington man faces multiple charges after a State Highway Patrol trooper was hit by a golf cart being driven for an NBC Sports analyst Saturday at the U.S. Open Championship.

Thomas Lineberry, 59, was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer; felony hit and run; driving while impaired; and resist, obstruct and delay, the State Highway Patrol said.

A Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Lineberry was taken to the Moore County jail and charged.

A magistrate gave Lineberry a $3,000 secured bond. He posted bond Saturday night.

Lineberry, who was driving a golf cart for NBC Sports analyst Roger Maltbie’s golf cart, was taken into custody Saturday. The Associated Press reported that a State Trooper said Lineberry ignored instructions to stay put, then hit the officer with the cart.

Maltbie was walking with the final group of Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd. Lineberry’s job was to drive Maltbie to get in position for the next shots. The trooper was holding traffic behind a walkway when Lineberry ignored the order and kept driving, the AP reported.

An AP reporter heard Lineberry tell the trooper, “I’m supposed to get the cart to Roger.”

At that point, the trooper responded, “When a state trooper tells you to stop, that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

The trooper ran after Lineberry and placed him in handcuffs.

Trooper Ryan A. Goodin was treated at the SHP medical trailer for a minor leg injury and released. Goodin is assigned to the Statesville Office and has been one of approximately 170 troopers assisting with security at the U.S. Open Championships.

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