Man wanted for hitting NC police officer with his car while fleeing traffic stop


ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – Rocky Mount police are looking for a man accused of hitting an officer with his car while fleeing a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, a news release said.

The officer, who was not identified, conducted a traffic stop around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. The officer was standing next to the car “in the performance of his duties” when the man accelerated, striking the officer with the car, the news release said.

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The driver was identified as 32-year-old Kevin Cooper. He is wanted for assault on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a public officer, and fail to stop at a red light.

“The men and women of the Rocky Mount Police Department are dedicated to creating a safe city while upholding the laws of North Carolina, and while each officer accepts the dangers of this profession, ensuring the safety of all RMPD employees is a priority,” said Rocky Mount Police Chief Robert Hassell.

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Anyone who knows where Cooper may be is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, or CrimeStoppers at 252-977-1111.

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