TYNDALL, S.D. — A jury has convicted an Iowa man of assaulting a South Dakota police officer with his vehicle.
Travis McPeek, of Sioux City, Iowa, was found guilty Thursday in Bon Homme County of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, the Daily Republic reported .
Court documents show Tyndall Police Officer Kelly Young stopped a pickup truck in August 2016 that was reported to police for engaging in dangerous driving. Young said that after he briefly talked with McPeek, who was driving the pickup, McPeek struck Young with his vehicle and dragged him across a parking lot, driving away.
“If I had gotten to my gun, I was going to shoot him,” Young testified. “I was fearing for my life.”
Defense attorneys said McPeek wasn’t aware Young was an officer.
“(McPeek) comes from a place where officers actually wear uniforms and police cars actually have lights on them,” said Defense Attorney Garrett Horn. “… He backed out of the situation because he was scared.”
Bon Homme County State’s Attorney Lisa Rothschadl said that McPeek should know the dangers of operating a motor vehicle because he owns a company that requires extended travel times.
“He was clearly intentional,” she said. “The defendant’s story does not make any sense. It’s just a story.”
Young suffered broken ribs, cuts, bruises and an injured foot. He was out of work for a month.
McPeek was arrested in Arizona in December 2016.
McPeek will be scheduled for sentencing at a later date. His attorney declined to comment on the conviction.
Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com