Deputies seek suspect after domestic assault, vehicle pursuit


Rodrick Cooper


From staff reports

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nash County deputies are seeking a man in connection with a vehicular assault on his estranged wife Friday near Spring Hope.

According to a press release from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, a detective was driving down N.C. 581 near West Old Spring Hope Road on Friday about 8:30 a.m. when he saw two vehicles approach the intersection and run through the stop sign at a high rate of speed. As the detective activated his lights and siren and attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicles, the second vehicle accelerated at a higher rate of speed.

As the two cars approached the town limits of Spring Hope, the driver of the second vehicle reportedly intentionally rammed into the first vehicle causing it to wreck. The second vehicle, reportedly a Chevrolet Tahoe, then fled the scene, leading the detective on a high speed chase through the city limits of Spring Hope and out onto U.S. 64 Alternate before the detective lost the vehicle.

While the chase was ongoing, other law enforcement units checked on the victim of the collision and determined she was seriously injured from the wreck. After an investigation, deputies determined that the suspect was the estranged husband of the victim. The husband reportedly showed up at the victim’s home on Friday morning after the couple had been separated for nearly a year and an altercation ensued. As the wife tried to flee the scene in her vehicle, the suspect gave chase.

Warrants have been issued for the suspect, Rodrick David Cooper, 39, who has no permanent address. Cooper faces charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony hit and run, and multiple traffic violations. The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said other charges are pending as well once the seriousness of the victim’s injuries are determined.

At this time, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the location of the suspect and his arrest. It is believed that he has fled the Nash County area, but it is possible for him to return. Anyone who has any information on his location, should contact the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459-4121.