More charges for man accused of trying to kill police officer

AYDEN, PITT COUNTY - A man accused of trying to kill a police officer in Pitt County is facing a long list of additional charges.

According to Winterville Police, an officer tried to pull over 24-year-old Rashad Pridgen, of Washington, because he was allegedly speeding on Highway 11 towards Ayden Saturday. But the suspect accelerated and led the officer on a high-speed chase into the Ayden city limits, investigators said.

Ayden Police and Pitt County deputies joined in on the chase. Pridgen then allegedly crashed head-on into an Ayden patrol cruiser, causing minor injuries to the officer inside.

After a short foot chase, Pridgen was arrested, police said. He has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted first-degree murder
  • Reckless driving to endanger
  • Felony flee/ elude arrest
  • Driving while license revoked
  • Possession of stolen motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen goods
  • Resisting public officer
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Speeding
  • Fail to stop for stop light
  • Fail to stop for stop sign

"It's unbelievable because it's just this back little street," neighbor Franklin Rogers said. "We don't usually have this stuff taking place."

"I've seen several incidents like this," Barry Stanley, Ayden Police Chief, said. "Luckily they all end the same way with a suspect in custody and very little or no injury to the officer."

The officer driving the car, Sgt. J.A. Butler was the officer driving the car. Chief Barry said Butler was not seriously injured.

Pridgen was being held under a $530,000 bond at the Pitt County Detention Center. Investigators said more charges are possible.

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