GRAHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina man is accused of hitting a patrol car and swinging a machete at deputies, authorities said.
Benjamin Michael Morley, 39, of Mooresville, was charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of felony flee/elude arrest, WGHP reported.
Two deputies shot at the vehicle allegedly driven by Morley as he attempted to evade authorities after being involved in a hit-and-run accident that involved a University of North Carolina student, according to a news release from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.
Morley was taken to a hospital after sustaining an injury, WXII reported.
The hit-and-run incident occurred on the college campus at 9:15 p.m. Friday, WGHP reported. Morley did not stop for campus police but had stopped behind a Chapel Hill Fire Department vehicle that was responding to a gas leak in Chapel Hill, according to WRAL. When campus police approached, Morley allegedly backed up and drove away, the television station reported. A college police officer fired at the vehicle.
The other driver involved in the hit-and-run accident was not injured.
At 10:07 p.m., Alamance County deputies saw the vehicle in Graham, the Times-News of Burlington reported. Deputies attempted a traffic stop but the driver refused to yield, the newspaper reported.
As deputies chased the vehicle, Morley rammed into a deputy’s car, according to the sheriff’s office.
When deputies approached his car, officials said Morley “lunged through the driver-side window, swinging a machete at the deputies,” WRAL reported.
Two sheriff’s deputies fired shots at Morley and he was removed from the vehicle, the television station reported.
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