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GA owner of NC State Fair ride surrenders to police

9:05 AM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
CCBI Supervisor T. Malinowski, right, looks over The Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday, October 25, 2013. Five people were injured when the ride malfunctioned on Thursday night. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Georgia owner of a ride at the North Carolina State Fair that investigators say injured five people after safety equipment was tampered with has surrendered to police.

Attorney Dan Boyce confirmed Thursday night that 32-year-old Joshua Gene Macaroni turned himself in, one day after warrants were issued. The ride is owned by Macaroni's family business, Family Attractions Amusement Co., of Valdosta, Ga.

Boyce said Macaroni is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Macaroni is charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and a third felony charge of assaulting a juvenile.

Two adults and a 14-year-old remained hospitalized in Raleigh almost two weeks after being thrown from "The Vortex." Two others were treated and released.

Associated Press

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