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Grove City man pleads guilty in road-rage incident

LITCHFIELD — A Grove City man pleaded guilty Monday to a majority of the charges filed against him in a road-rage incident last fall when he chased and attacked two people with his truck and with a nail-studded board along U.S. Highway 12.

William Richard Dugan, 58, pleaded guilty in Meeker County District Court to three felony charges, including two counts of assault in the second degree with a dangerous weapon and one count of damage to property in the first degree. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of damage to property in the fourth degree.

Two felony charges of attempted assault in the first degree were dismissed.

A pretrial hearing had been scheduled for Monday before Judge Stephanie Beckman, but instead Dugan pleaded guilty to the charges that stemmed from a Nov. 19 incident west of Grove City when Dugan parked his vehicle and blocked both lanes of Highway 12.

He told officers at the time he was looking for his dogs.

When a motorist attempted to drive around Dugan’s pickup, the vehicles collided. Dugan allegedly yelled racial slurs at the man, attacked him with a board with nails protruding from it and bit the man while they struggled on the ground.

According to the complaint filed against him, Dugan then used his vehicle to chase the man and his wife, who were on foot. Dugan also allegedly rammed the couple’s vehicle repeatedly, while yelling racial slurs.

Dugan was arrested at the scene of the incident.

He also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a corrections officer for spitting on a Meeker County jailer while in custody.

Sentencing for Dugan is set for Sept. 17.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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