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New Mexico Lawyer Accused of Car Assault in Narrow Miss with Jaywalking Judge

Posted Oct 6, 2011 6:26 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New Mexico lawyer has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—his car—for an alleged narrow miss with a judge crossing the street in front of the courthouse.

Eric Dixon of Portales was charged Wednesday in the April incident, the Portales News-Tribune reports.

District Judge Ted Hartley says he was crossing the street in front of the Curry County Courthouse when he heard “a vehicle heavily accelerate” and then saw it coming straight for him, according to court documents cited by the News-Tribune. The car missed him by inches, he said. He identified the driver as Dixon. A county employee who provided a similar account said the vehicle was honking as it approached.

Dixon gave an investigator a different version of events, the story says. He says he saw someone jaywalking in the street, so he slowed down and gave a short honk before passing the person. Dixon denied trying to scare the judge.

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