Deputies said they engaged in a foot chase this week through the woods with an intoxicated Stanley man connected to a hit-and-run incident on N.C. 73.
The Communications Center notified officers of the incident, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said Samuel Eugene New, 38, of 312 Electra Lane, fled from his vehicle after they responded to the crash site near the intersection of Tree Tops Road and N.C. 73.
An area couple told deputies the suspect ran through their property.
The residents had been exiting a vehicle in their driveway at the time, having just returned home.
They told officers New approached them, attempted to grab the woman’s arm and pull her from the vehicle before “confronting” her husband and leaving the area.
Additional witnesses told deputies they spotted New flee into a nearby wooded area, where officers immediately responded to conduct a search.
While in the woods, deputies noticed the man “jump up” and take off running, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The chase ended after New tripped and fell, deputies said.
Because he allegedly refused to stand, officers were forced to carry New to a North Carolina State Highway Patrol vehicle.
He has since been released from the county jail on a $10,000 secured bond.
New faces two counts of simple assault and one misdemeanor count each of resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer and intoxicated and disruptive.
Troopers additionally charged him with one count each of hit-and-run injury and serious injury by vehicle, according to an arrest report.