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Trooper injured in altercation during traffic stop

Posted May 17, 2010

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— A state Highway Patrol trooper was injured Monday in an altercation that followed a traffic stop in Greene County, authorities said.

Trooper B.R. Beamon stopped a vehicle on southbound N.C. Highway 91 to cite the driver for a child seat violation, and a passenger got out of the vehicle and began fighting with Beamon, authorities said. During the altercation, the man grabbed the trooper's stun gun and used it on him.

When Beamon fell to the ground after being stunned, the man assaulted him before fleeing into some nearby woods, authorities said.

The Highway Patrol and the Greene County Sheriff's Office searched the woods on the ground and from the air but hadn't located the man as of Monday evening.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Nathaniel Eugene Hope. He was last seen with braided corn rows and wearing a white T-shirt and baggy blue jeans, authorities said.

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  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 May 19, 2010

    The article said he was pulled over for a child seat violation. Where was the child? Did he just leave the child when he ran into the woods? WHy no mention of the child?

  • mommyto3 May 18, 2010

    Hans-it because of people like the guy in this article that officers have to use "force" to protect themselves or innocent third parties...bet you'd think different if you were on the street

  • Journey985 May 18, 2010

    LoveSomeGolo, I was not being "negative", but other than "fishing" and "harrassing" why else would an officer ask to see a passengers ID when pulling a vehicle over for a seat belt violation? I agree, this idiot jumped out and made it an issue, but as I and others stated, had he been calm and stayed in the car, it SHOULD have been a non-issue.

  • Whatever Geez May 18, 2010

    Journey: why do you have to be negative and "assume" that if the trooper checked his ID that it is because of general harassment? ACTUALLY, according to the story, he never had a chance to look at him; dude flipped out and started fighting. Who cares if its harassment anyways......

  • Journey985 May 18, 2010

    "Actually either way he would have been arrested and gone to prision, as he is a probation absconder and there is a warrant for his arrest... which is probbably why he acted the way he did. Now there are just more charges to add on." ACTUALLY Southernlady, HE was the passenger, and unless there was a sufficient reason for the officer to ID him (I'm thinking general harrassment) then had he been quiet the whole time, the officer would never had known who he was. So, please get your facts straight before you assume something like that.

  • gingerlynn May 18, 2010

    Maybe if you are wanted you should obey seat belt and car seat laws and not attract attention to yourself!

  • SouthernLady05 May 18, 2010

    "Seriously though, all the guy had to do was sit there, be quiet and they would have been sent on their way, but Noooo, he had to act like he was a thug and jump out and find himself in even more trouble than before."

    Actually either way he would have been arrested and gone to prision, as he is a probation absconder and there is a warrant for his arrest... which is probbably why he acted the way he did. Now there are just more charges to add on.

  • SouthernLady05 May 18, 2010

    Glad the troopers ok. The lack of resepect these days for law enforcement is mind boggling. Further, this is no role modle for a child. I hope DSS became invovled.

  • Journey985 May 18, 2010

    Wow, what a "shocking" story! LOL. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Seriously though, all the guy had to do was sit there, be quiet and they would have been sent on their way, but Noooo, he had to act like he was a thug and jump out and find himself in even more trouble than before. I bet the officer was :stunned" by this felons behavour...LOL.

  • Hans May 18, 2010

    "I don't care what the situation is . . . everyone should respect law enforcement. "

    That would be all well and good if we lived in some Mayberrian utopia where law enforcement respected the constitutional rights of citizens, but unfortunately, too often they don't. How many times have you seen or read about officers using excessive force, killing suspects, killing innocent bystanders, harassing people for walking down the street, electrocuting pregnant women, harassing people for legally carrying a firearm, and generally acting like they are above the law or a "tough guy"? Far too often. And that is why, my friends, respect for law enforcement continues to shrink among the general population. people are fed up with the abuse, and who can blame them?

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