Man who led officers on chase, stole golf cart, arrested

Published 10:11 am Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christopher Lee Erwin, who was wanted following a chase that included a stolen golf cart on Dec. 13, was arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night at the Super 8 motel on Bendix Drive.

A press release from the Sheriff’s Office says Erwin, 22, has been placed in jail under a $125,000 bond, charged with resisting a public officer, assault on a law enforcement officer inflicted physical injury, felonious fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, common law robbery, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drugs were found in a search of the car he wrecked and abandoned near Rolling Hills Golf Course, deputies report, including crack cocaine. The car was stolen. After abandoning the car, Erwin took a golf cart from a player on the course, later abandoning it near a home.

Deputy R.D. Addison chased and confronted Erwin and tried to use his Taser, but it had no effect. The two then began to struggle and Erwin injured the deputy. Erwin ran and was not immediately found, despite a search by deputies, the Salisbury Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Erwin was taken into custody Wednesday night without incident. Deputies credit information from the public for leading them to his capture. Erwin has been removed from the Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List.