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Trial scheduled for suspect in Tyndall officer assault

TYNDALL -- A trial was scheduled for a man accused of driving over a Tyndall police officer after a judge denied his motion to quash the indictment. Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, will face a Bon Homme County jury in May after Judge Glen...

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TYNDALL - A trial was scheduled for a man accused of driving over a Tyndall police officer after a judge denied his motion to quash the indictment.

Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, will face a Bon Homme County jury in May after Judge Glen Eng on Tuesday dismissed his motions to void the indictment, change the venue and suppress evidence, according to Bon Homme County State's Attorney Lisa Rothschadl.

McPeek is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, after allegedly driving over Tyndall Police Officer Kelly Young on Aug. 6 in the parking lot of Frank's Trading Post in Tyndall.

According to court documents, Young told a Bon Homme County grand jury he went to Frank's Trading Post after a woman reported a pickup engaged in dangerous driving.

Young approached the vehicle and identified McPeek as the driver. After a brief conversation, McPeek allegedly accelerated, striking Young with the door and rolling over his foot.

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"All I remember, pretty much, is tires squealing and me trying to hang on, and then I actually thought, 'Well, I'm going to shoot him,' " Young was quoted in court documents, "and when I reached down for my gun, I lost how I was holding onto the vehicle and I went to the ground ..."

Young returned to his patrol vehicle and pursued McPeek on Highway 50 but lost sight of him, court documents state. Young allegedly drove about 10 miles to Avon before turning around to go to the hospital in Tyndall.

Investigators contacted law enforcement in Sioux City and discovered outstanding warrants on McPeek. They also learned officers have made more than 100 contacts with him, court documents state. In December, McPeek was located and arrested in in Mesa, Arizona.

McPeek's attorney, Luci Youngberg, filed a motion to quash the indictment, saying witness testimony at the grand jury hearing "unfairly prejudiced the jurors."

Rothschadl said witness testimony is common for grand jury proceedings. Youngberg did not return requests for comment.

A jury trial for McPeek is slated for May and is scheduled to last three days.

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