We've been following the case of Gregory Anderson the Carteret County man who's accused of pushing his mother down the stairs over prescription medication, robbing a store at gun point, followed by a high speed chase through two counties. In that chase, deputies say Anderson hit a deputy's car. WITN got a a unique, exclusive perspective as Carly Swain spoke with the deputy whose car was hit during the chase.
"It was probably one of the more terrifying moments of my career in law enforcement, " said Deputy Brian Pacilli.
Deputy Pacilli says there's just minimal damage to his cruiser after Gregory Anderson's two-county crime spree, but he has memories to last a lifetime.
"He opted to take the coward way out."
Rewind to Tuesday night when Anderson is accused of pushing his 66-year-old mother down the stairs in this home robbing a local convenience store for a 40 ounce bud light, pulling a gun on the clerk in the parking lot. While cops were looking for his vehicle, the stolen Buick was heading straight toward Deputy Pacilli.
"I was backing up trying to steer out of his direction. He accelerated and hit the front of my patrol car."
Before the the chase began the deputy had a flash of reality.
"You come face to face with an armed robbery suspect, you know he has a weapon, and now instead of him stopping his vehicle, he's accelerating at you. "
Deputy Pacilli says he chased Anderson from Highway 58 to the gritty part of Catfish Lake Road where deputies say Anderson lost control- driving more than 110 miles per hour.
"It flipped, and cartwheeled through the air. It ended up landing on the drivers door," said Pacilli.
Deputies had the suspect out of the car at gun point, and say they found a stolen gun in his pocket. The Tuesday night trail of crime was at an end with a laundry list of charges for Anderson.
"Over 15 charges that we have pending against him now.," said Pacilli.
Anderson is scheduled to be in the Jones County Court to face those new charges by the 30th of September.
Anderson made his first court appearance in Carteret County Thursday for the charges he faces there. He's being held under a $250,000 bond.