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State trooper hit by golf cart at U.S. Open

Posted June 15

Thomas Howerton Lineberry

— A Wilmington man was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting a state trooper with a golf cart at the U.S. Open Championship.

Thomas Howerton Lineberry, 59, is charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, driving while impaired and resist, obstruct and delay. Lineberry was released from jail after posting a $3,000 bond Saturday night.

Lineberry is accused of hitting Trooper Ryan A. Goodin, who was treated at a medical trailer for a minor leg injury. Goodin had instructed Lineberry to stop before he was hit, according to multiple media reports. Lineberry was driving the cart for NBC Sports analyst Roger Maltbie, according to news reports. 

Goodin, who is assigned to the Statesville office, is one of approximately 170 state troopers assisting with security during the U.S. Open Championships.

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  • pappy1 Jun 17, 10:40 a.m.

    170 state troopers "assisting with security" at a private event. How much did the USGA reimburse... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    Interesting. Thought the Village of Pinehurst and its robust LEO component would be capable of handling this. How does a member of the public request documentation demonstrating the transaction of associated taxpayer reimbursement, I wonder?

  • Super Hans Jun 16, 12:23 p.m.

    People should read up on DWI. If you have been drinking, never take a sobriety test and refuse... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    I think it's great that you want to spread your knowledge of how to try and beat a DWI charge.... View More

    — Posted by Ijaz Fahted

    It's not about beating the law. It's about protecting yourself for cops that are just out to... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    You must have a different history with LEO than myself and many others.

    — Posted by AliceBToklas

    Don't let them suck you into a false sense of security with them.

  • AliceBToklas Jun 16, 12:07 p.m.

    People should read up on DWI. If you have been drinking, never take a sobriety test and refuse... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    I think it's great that you want to spread your knowledge of how to try and beat a DWI charge.... View More

    — Posted by Ijaz Fahted

    It's not about beating the law. It's about protecting yourself for cops that are just out to... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    You must have a different history with LEO than myself and many others.

  • LuvLivingInCary Jun 16, 10:57 a.m.

    People should read up on DWI. If you have been drinking, never take a sobriety test and refuse... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    I think it's great that you want to spread your knowledge of how to try and beat a DWI charge.... View More

    — Posted by Ijaz Fahted

    It's not about beating the law. It's about protecting yourself for cops that are just out to make themselves look good. The court..aka jury of his peers... will justify the charge one way or another.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 16, 10:55 a.m.

    Yeah, don't have the full information, but right now this reeks of minor disagreement turning... View More

    — Posted by jrelon

    From those who actually saw it the NBC guys was very much at fault here. He was told multiple... View More

    — Posted by AliceBToklas

    So, it was a cop power trip. Thanks for clarifying.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    HOW does that make it a power trip? The officer was trying to do his job - control the flow of traffic - and this guy decided not only to not listen to instructions but to hit the officer.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 16, 10:50 a.m.

    Umm actually you cant get hurt if a golf cart hits you. This gentelman looks like a normal... View More

    — Posted by proudgrandmomma

    Are you trolling? You must be trolling... surely you can't expect people to take you seriously.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jun 16, 10:32 a.m.

    I can picture the cop standing in front of him daring him to continue. That's awesome. I guess... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    It appears that aside from giving out gross generalizations about groups of people you are also very bad at assessing situations.

    I'll recap for you.

    Trooper in the hospital, going to recover and has his job. Cartio Andretti is in jail, has lawyer bills, and probably lost his job. Now, who is the dummy?

  • btneast Jun 16, 10:21 a.m.

    170 state troopers "assisting with security" at a private event. How much did the USGA reimburse the state's taxpayers for this?

    Troopers work any large event where a massive amount of cars and traffic will be, and yes, the event is billed for it.....whether it is a race, tournament, fair, etc. They are there to make sure non event folks like you and me can get through that area in our vehicle. If no troopers worked such events, traffic would be snarled forever and the incidence of accidents would be higher.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jun 16, 9:52 a.m.

    People should read up on DWI. If you have been drinking, never take a sobriety test and refuse... View More

    — Posted by LuvLivingInCary

    I think it's great that you want to spread your knowledge of how to try and beat a DWI charge. Very responsible.

  • AliceBToklas Jun 16, 9:51 a.m.

    Cops are the MOST crooked individuals on the planet. Do some research.

    — Posted by vile garbage

    Why all the disrespect for LEOs? Every state trooper I have ever encountered has been very professional and courteous. There will always be a few exceptions. After all they are people, but as I group I think they do an excellent job.

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