Iowa trial set for man charged in 2-state police chase

Published 07-30-2018

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An October trial in Sioux City has been scheduled for a man accused of ramming police cars on a chase that began in northeast Nebraska and ended in western Iowa.

Woodbury County court records say 43-year-old Larry Johnson II pleaded not guilty Friday to assault on an officer. His trial is set to begin Oct. 2.

The Nebraska State Patrol says the incident occurred July 6 when a Nebraska trooper tried to stop a pickup truck being pursued by South Sioux City police. Officials say the truck rammed the trooper's car, which had maneuvered in front of it, from behind before crossing into Iowa.

The trooper and a Dakota County sheriff's cruiser following the truck onto Interstate 29 before it went out of control and became stuck in a median. Officials say the truck then rammed both the trooper's car and the sheriff's vehicle before Johnson was arrested.

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