A man was arrested for allegedly intentionally trying to run over three people in a one of the nicest neighborhoods in Mesa on Sunday.
Officers said 44-year-old Matthew Cochran is accused of trying to run over three pedestrians with a pickup truck in Las Sendas neighborhood, near the 8000 block of East Teton Circle.
According to a court document, Cochran allegedly drove near a man and a woman walking and said he hoped they would be eaten by rattlesnakes. Afterward, Cochran reportedly drove toward them and narrowly missed hitting them.
Both the man and woman fell after pushing off the truck with their hands to keep it from hitting them. They both had minor injuries.
Police said Cochran found another man who was walking in the neighborhood and asked if he wanted to be run over. The man ran into a nearby gated community after Cochran started driving onto the sidewalk in the man's direction.
Cochran drove through the community's closed gate as the man jumped over a wall to get away from him, officers said.
The truck plowed into the wall so Cochran got out and tried to get it out of the sand with a large metal chain. Officers found Cochran holding a chain. Police said he started walking toward them even though they told him to stop.
Two officer tried to use their stun guns on Cochran but one missed and the other gun malfunctioned, officers said.
After officers restrained Cochran, police said he tried to punch one of them in the chest and continued to be uncooperative.
Officers searched Cochran and said they found a small baggie confirmed as meth and a glass pipe.
Cochran was arrested on three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal damage, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated DUI.