$50k bond set for Jefferson County man accused of criminal impersonation

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By Ray King

A $50,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Jefferson County man who gave state troopers a false name, then got out of an ambulance the troopers had called to take the man to the hospital and tried to flee.

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Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Robert Cooksey, 25, with criminal impersonation, felony fleeing and third-degree escape.

Readding from an affidavit by Trooper Joe Anderson, Deputy Prosecutor Shana Alexander said on Aug. 20 at about 9 a.m., troopers were sent to mile marker 35 on Interstate 530 to check the welfare of an individual. They found a man who identified himself as Charles Cole who asked troopers to call an ambulance and take him to the hospital.

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Alexander said Cooksey has a warrant for residential burglary from Lincoln County. He was told to come back to court Sept. 25.