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Wilson man charged with attacking Raleigh officer

Posted August 29, 2010 1:09 p.m. EDT

— A Wilson man was charged with attacking a Raleigh police officer who was investigating an assault early Sunday, according an arrest warrant.

The warrant states that Joseph Eric Pender, 28, refused to obey the officer's instructions to exit a truck, then kicked at the officer and tried to hit him with a fist. The officer's prescription glasses worth $685 were broken.

Pender had a tire iron hidden underneath his leg, according to the warrant.

Pender, of 4354 Pine Tree Court in Wilson, was charged with assault on a government official, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a public officer and injury to real property.

He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 20.

State Department of Correction records show that Pender was on probation for an October 2009 conviction for misdemeanor breaking-and-entering.

DOC records state that his criminal record, which dates to 2003, includes convictions for selling drugs, assault by pointing a gun and possession for a firearm by a felon.