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Former police officer faces attempted murder charges following a high speed chase

By Mason White 1:34 PM September 18, 2014
Hank Smith 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man followed his dream of becoming a police officer.

However, he used his power to terrorize innocent civilians.

Hank Smith of North Carolina, was a police officer for six years before he resigned from the Leland Police Department following a scandal.

Now, he faces charges of attempted murder after leading police on a high speed chase. Officers attempted to arrest Smith on a warrant when he fled and led police on the high speed chase.

Smith was wanted after he was accused of pointing an assault rifle at a woman, threatening to kill her and her children.

When officers arrived, Smith fled. Multiple police agencies pursued Smith, who armed himself with a pistol and fired at the officers during the chase. He was finally arrested after crashing his car.

Smith resigned as a police officer after he arrested a man for no reason and stole the victim’s belongings.

According to investigators, Smith handcuffed the man and placed him in the back of a patrol car on a day when the outside temperatures exceeded 100.

The officer maliciously and unlawfully aided and abetted the theft of plaintiff’s private property from his home by third parties who accompanied the officer into the house.