A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy escaped serious injury Thursday night when a suspect in a high speed vehicle chase fired a shotgun at his patrol car during the pursuit.
The chase started in Stanley in Gaston County when police there tried to stop a white van that sped away, according to the news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
The officer chased the vehicle on NC Hwy 27 East into Lincoln County where Sheriff's deputies and Lincolnton Police were set up along the way. Near Sunny Hill Drive the suspect vehicle crashed into the back of a pickup truck pushing in down an embankment where it landed on its side.
No one was injured.