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Trial set for Grove City man accused of highway assault

William Richard Dugan

LITCHFIELD - An August jury trial was set Friday for a 57-year-old Grove City man charged with chasing and attacking two people on a highway last year.

William Richard Dugan’s trial was set for Aug. 13 and 14 before District Judge Stephanie Beckman in Meeker County District Court.

Dugan faces five felony charges of first- and second-degree assault and first-degree property damage, plus a misdemeanor for property damage. He also is charged with fourth-degree assault of a corrections officer for allegedly spitting on a Meeker County jailer.

According to the criminal complaint, Dugan had parked his vehicle Nov. 19, blocking both lanes of Highway 12 west of Grove City, as he allegedly looked for his dogs. When a motorist tried to drive around Dugan’s pickup, the vehicles collided. Dugan 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, the complaint says.

Dugan is also accused of chasing the man and his female companion, who were on foot, with Dugan’s vehicle and ramming the couple’s vehicle repeatedly.

Dugan remained in the Meeker County Jail with bail set at $500,000 without conditions and $250,000 with conditions.

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