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Deputies search for driver who threw water bottle, injured boy

Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man that threw a bottle of water out of a car window on Tuesday night around 8 p.m., resulting in an injury to a 2-year-old boy.
Deputies responded to the 2700 block of Coral Drive in Lincolnton after receiving a phone call that Mike Hudson and his 2-year-old son, Sam, were talking a walk when the driver of a late model Chevy Malibu went past them and threw the bottle, hitting Sam in the face. The vehicle continued north toward Springs East Road and the toddler was taken to CMC-Lincoln, where he was treated for bruises and an inch-and-a-half laceration on his nose.
Deputies took the water bottle as evidence and searched the area for the car, but were unable to locate the vehicle. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is believed to be a white male in his 20s with dark hair who was wearing a light gray or white t-shirt at the time of the incident on Tuesday. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Fingerprint evidence is being taken from the bottle, but deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone in the community with information regarding this case to contact their office at (704) 732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at (704) 735-8202 or Crimes Stoppers at (704) 736-8909. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 if a tip leads to an arrest. As of press time, the Sheriff’s Office was still actively following leads in this case.

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