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Suspect in assault of Tyndall officer pleads not guilty

TYNDALL -- A man who allegedly injured a Tyndall police officer with a vehicle pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday. Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement off...

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TYNDALL - A man who allegedly injured a Tyndall police officer with a vehicle pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday.

Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, according to court documents.

The charges stem from an Aug. 6 incident in which McPeek allegedly injured Tyndall Police Officer Kelly Young by striking him with a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and driving away.

According to court documents, Young conducted a traffic stop on McPeek in the parking lot of Frank's Trading Post, but McPeek allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and dragged Young across the pavement.

Young suffered broken ribs, a cut to his leg and an injured ankle among other cuts and bruises, but he returned to work in November, authorities said.

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McPeek allegedly fled the scene but was apprehended in December in Mesa, Arizona. The aggravated assault charges are Class 2 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

A jury trial has not been scheduled yet, and McPeek is next scheduled to appear in court for a motions hearing in two weeks.

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