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Man wanted in assault on trooper arrested

Posted May 18, 2010 3:58 p.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2010 4:09 p.m. EDT

— A man sought in a Monday assault on a state Highway Patrol trooper was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Snow Hill, authorities said.

Nathaniel Eugene Hope, 22, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer, habitual assault, providing a fictitious name to law enforcement and resisting, obstructing or delaying law enforcement.

On Monday, Trooper B.R. Beamon stopped a vehicle on N.C. Highway 91 near Walstonburg 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 for hours on Monday.