- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who broke into the home of Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen more than two years ago says the arrest saved his life.

Brian Thomas Rogers says he intended to steal items to buy drugs when he broke into Chief Greg Mullen’s home in July 2011.

Rogers, 26, says his diversion into a drug court program after his arrest saved his life.

He graduated from the program Wednesday, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and light blue tie. He also got to shake Mullen’s hand.

Rogers’ guilty plea was withdrawn and all charges were dropped after his completion of the drug program.

His father, Brian Rogers of Las Vegas, was on hand for the ceremony.

“I thought he was going to die,” the public-safety officer said. “I tried everything. It was a relief when he was arrested. I can’t thank you enough. Some people say drug court is not worth the money. He’s alive today because of this court.”

The program includes work, making restitution, treatment, meetings, fees, education, community service and regular drug tests.

The police chief also spoke at the ceremony.

“Do not waste this opportunity,” Mullen said. “You’re one of the lucky ones.”

Rogers is finishing an associate degree and is considering what college to attend.

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