Man Accused Of Nearly Running Over Officers During Chase

PITT COUNTY - 25-year-old Robert Cogdell was arrested early Friday morning after police said he led them on a chase before crashing into a fire hydrant and street sign.

Greenville Police said Cogdell was on house arrest at his mother's home in Ayden. Pitt County Sheriff?s Office was monitoring him via an ankle monitoring device.

Authorities said Cogdell stole his mother's car and drove to the 1100 block of Myrtle Street in Greenville.

Greenville Police attempted to execute a traffic stop but Cogdell fled the scene, nearly running a few officers over in the process.

Officers chased Cogdell until the suspect crashed the car into a fire hydrant and street sign around 3:30 a.m. on Friday. This was at the corner of Chesnutt Street and Line Avenue.

Cogdell was still wearing the ankle monitoring device when police arrested him.

Cogdell's mother, Lila, doesn't believe her son did it.

"My son do a lot of stuff but he don't try to kill no cops," Cogdell said.

She also doesn't believe he stole her car.

"He didn't steal it. He left a note and said he got the car for an hour and he'll bring it back," Cogdell said.

Cogdell was hurt in the crash and taken to the hospital. However, he has since been released.

"He's not a bad person. He's a nice, kind person. Just had a hard life. I think he was trying to get it straightened out but he got back in the wrong track," Cogdell said.

His family said he has been struggling with a drug addiction and has been in and out of prison because of it.

His sister didn't want to release her name but believes she knows why he left the house that morning.

'I think he was chasing that drug and wanted it. He needs help but he's never had that help. His actions were wrong and he has made some poor decisions but he did not try to hit or harm the officers. He needs a program and not prison. He can't fight this addiction on his own" she said.

He is being held in Pitt County Detention Center under a 165,000 dollar bond.

Cogdell is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon, felony flee to elude arrest, hit and run, damage to real property, careless and reckless driving, driving with a revoked license and 2 counts of resisting a public officer.

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