Golf cart driver charged after allegedly hitting trooper at US Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. — A golf cart driver was arrested Saturday after allegedly hitting a state trooper with his golf cart at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Thomas Lineberry, 59, of Wilmington, faces various charges including assault on a law enforcement officer, hit and run and driving while impaired.

The suspect was apparently told by a trooper at the tournament to stop, but kept going, hitting the trooper in the leg.

The trooper was not seriously injured. Officials said the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the incident and released Saturday night after posting bail.

Lineberry was reportedly driving NBC Sports analyst Roger Maltbie’s golf cart. His job was to drive Maltbie to get in position for the next shots, according to reports.

“We are aware of the incident involving a local volunteer and will refrain from commenting further until we have all of the facts and have spoken to everyone involved,” NBC Sports said in a statement.

Read full story: The Fayetteville Observer


  • Jethro Bodnick

    What a joke….because he is a trooper he gets to arrest the guy….I am sure tpns of people were either bumped or hit throughout the entire weekend and nobody complained except this dude with a complex because he has a badge. Give me a break and go arrest real criminals buddy!

    • Peter Griffith

      Apparently you didn’t read the article good enough. He was told by the trooper to stop and refuse to obey by still proceeding in which he struck the officer while passing him so he gets what he deserves

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