Apex police charge driver tried to run down Raleigh officers, had cocaine

From staff reportsJuly 26, 2013 

— A Raleigh man was charged with trying to run down three Raleigh police officers and leading Apex officers on a chase when they tried to arrest him on drug charges Thursday.

Three officers from a Raleigh police tactical squad were helping Apex police when they tried to stop and arrest Brandon Pierre Hinton, 32, of 1231 Stone Manor Drive in Raleigh, police said.

Arrest warrants charged that Hinton backed up the car he was driving in an attempt to hit the Raleigh officers, leading to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

Hinton then led a chase on First, West, Second, Harwood and Upchurch streets before he stopped, a warrant stated, and he was charged with resisting an officer and felony fleeing to elude police.

Police also charged Hinton with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver it, maintaining a vehicle for drugs and destroying evidence.

The incident happened in mid-afternoon, according to an arrest report.

Once Hinton was in custody, he was held in lieu of $252,000 bail and scheduled for a court appearance Friday.

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