ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say a driver fired several shots at a police officer trying to pull him over in North Carolina.

Asheville Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse says the officer was not hit in the shooting about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday and 39-year-old Justyn Ladet of Canton was arrested after a long chase.

Hallingse says the officer was trying to pull Ladet over on a road near Interstate 26 in Asheville.

Authorities say Ladet led other officers on a chase down I-26 into Henderson County before crashing on U.S. Highway 25.

Ladet is being held on a $250,000 bond. Charges include driving while impaired, assault with a deadly weapon and gun possession by a felon.

Ladet is white. Hallingse did not release the officer’s name or race.

It’s unknown if Ladet has a lawyer.

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