A Lincolnton man was airlifted to an area hospital and another man arrested Thursday morning follow-ing a stolen ATV crash, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Ofﬁ ce said.The in-cident took place east of Lincoln-ton, depu-ties said.Accord-ing to an agency press release, ofﬁ cers spot-ted the Honda 400 ATV with a vehicle following closely behind it just after 3 a.m. on Salem Church Road. At the time, deputies were stationed in the parking lot of Hope Baptist Church, located along the roadway. Upon approaching the suspicious-looking vehicle and 4-wheeler, deputies said the driver of the vehicle stopped for officers while the ATV continued fleeing the area towards the direction of Country Club Road, where the driver later ran off the roadway.
The ATV did return onto the street, the release said, and struck one of the deputy’s patrol vehicles before crashing into a nearby culvert.
The collision propelled the driver, 26-year-old Johnathan Heath Williams, off the stolen vehicle, deputies said.
Emergency Medical Services airlifted the victim, a resident of Victor Woods Drive in Lincolnton, to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte for treatment for head injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies arrested James Allen Harris, the driver of the other vehicle, at a location on Generals Boulevard.
The 50-year-old man, who lives on Underwood Lane, also in Lincolnton, was charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving whlie license revoked or suspended, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and various other traffic violations.
Originally jailed under a $5,000 secured bond, Harris now sits under a $17,000 bond.
The owner of the ATV, David Queen, of 2659 Keener Road in Lincolnton, told deputies his 4-wheeler was taken from his garage overnight. He reported it stolen just before 9 a.m. Thursday, the release said.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Harris maintains numerous offenses on his criminal record dating back to 1985 in Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston Counties.
Convictions include more than one instance of DWI along with assault on a female, larceny, damage to property and resisting an officer, among others.
Williams faces one felony count of larceny and the possibility of additional charges, deputies said.
Public records showed he has a drug-related offense to his name from Burke County in addition to a Lincoln County conviction for illegally taking a deer.
Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are conducting an ongoing investigation into the Thursday’s incident.