In dry legalese, a criminal warrant in Cobb County explains how one man ended up in jail for allegedly trying to run from police in a golf cart he just stole - all while basically naked.
James Paul Cogan was arrested on Feb. 1 after a bizarre series of events that began with him allegedly burglarizing a home. Then naked, the warrant states Cogan pried open a back window to a garage before defecating there.
"To wit: said accused illegally entered into said victims home, a complete stranger, with no pants on and his genitals clearly visible," the warrant read.
With alarms blaring, he then allegedly walked past the victim's room and all but ignored that he was being held at gunpoint. The warrant said he instead went to a child's room, put on a yellow sweatshirt he found and went for the door.
This strange tale then gets even more unusual.
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"To wit: said accused was operating a stolen off-road golf cart without any pants on," the records state.
The warrant suggests that Cogan, now wearing only socks and a shirt, hopped into an off-road golf cart and left the scene onto Poplar Springs and Wright roads.
But his escape didn't go unnoticed. The warrant states that soon police caught up to him and ordered him to pull over - an order he refused.
"Said affiant was forced to pull in front of said golf cart and slow down in order to get said accused to yield," the record said.
Eventually, the vehicle did come to a stop - but only after Cogan apparently wrecked it. The nearly-naked man then made a push for the woods where officers continued to follow - still giving commands for him to stop.
The responding officer used a taser on Cogan - a method that proved ineffective.
"After deploying the tazer, said accused was completely unresponsive to its effects," the warrant read. "Said accused, then with clenched fists, turned around in a defensive posture and began advancing on said affiant."
It goes on to say that the officer was "forced to utilize hard hand tactics" to finally arrest Cogan.
As for why he did it all, the warrant reveals at least one clue.
"Said accused admitted to using methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol the night before," it said.
The one-and-a-half page document reveals several charges he'll now face including reckless driving, driving while license suspended, two counts of public indecency, failure to maintain lane, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, felony obstruction, first degree burglary, entering an automobile with intent to commit theft or felony, theft by taking, obstruction of law enforcement, loitering and criminal trespass.
Officials said Coger originally lost his license due to his failure to appear in court.