Man faces assault charges in string of Raleigh crashes

From staff reportsJuly 8, 2012 

— A Knightdale man faces a string of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, after a series of incidents that police said included breaking into cars, ramming a car with his pickup truck, fleeing police and trying to hit an officer after he was stopped early Sunday.

Omar Rodriguez, 30, who police said was from Knightdale but had no permanent address, also showed on a test that he was driving with more than the legally permitted concentration of alcohol in his blood, and they added a driving while impaired charge to others listed in the warrants on which they arrested him Sunday, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office records.

The string began when, police said, Rodriguez broke into two cars in the parking lot of a small shopping center at 4000 Atlantic Avenue.

They charged him with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon after, they said, his truck rammed a car carrying four people.

Police said they caught up with Rodriguez on New Hope Church Road, where they clocked him doing more than 15 mpg over the posted speed limit and stopped him. During that traffic stop, officer charged, he tried to hit one officer with the truck and then drove off.

Officers finally arrested him on Capital Boulevard north of Interstate 540, according to reports.

No one was seriously hurt in the events.

In addition to the assault charges for hitting the car, Rodriguez was charged with hit-and-run, reckless driving and wanton disregard for the safety of others for the events at 4000 Atlantic. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel and fleeing to elude capture after the New Hope Road stop.

Warrants also accuse him of two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle and larceny.

Altogether, Rodriguez was held on $71,000 bail pending a court appearance Monday.

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