Man accused of naked Asheville break-ins attempted to run over deputy during arrest, deputies say

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James Cody Pickard (Source: Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office)

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said a naked man wanted for breaking into Asheville homes attempted to run over a deputy in a stolen van before he was arrested Wednesday morning.

Deputies were looking for James Cody Pickard, 35, in the Oakley area Wednesday morning. They found him in front of a home on Harris Road after a tip from a resident.

As the deputy approached the van Pickard was in, the deputy was able to open the vehicle door and attempted to take him into custody. Deputies then said Pickard put the vehicle in reverse and nearly pinned the deputy against a utility pole with the door of the van.

Pickard put the car in drive and ran into a ditch before he got out and ran away, deputies said.

After a short chase, Pickard was taken into custody.

Pickard was charged with assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of stolen motor vehicle, damage to property, felony flee to elude, assault on a government official, resist, delay and obstruct, and driving while license revoked.

Those charges are in addition to the 26 charges he faces in Asheville.

He is currently being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility on $450,000 bond.

A second person was also arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants from the Asheville Police Department.

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