JUNEAU — A 58-year-old Beaver Dam man entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday after being accused of attempting to run down two Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies.
Keith T. Nickels is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
According to the criminal complaint, two Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies were walking in the North Hills Mobile Home Park on Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. conducting a building and grounds check. While the deputies were in the rear of the park, they saw a vehicle driving too fast in the 10 mph area of the lot. One of the deputies flashed a light on the vehicle and yelled at the driver to slow down.
The vehicle turned around and began driving toward the deputies at a high rate of speed. One deputy said the driver, later determined to be Nickels, then steered the vehicle in an attempt to strike him.
The deputies chased the vehicle as it began traveling toward the exit of the park going around 40 mph. The vehicle was later located on Francis Lane, north of Highway B. One of the deputies told Nickels that he was almost ran over by him. Nickels said he was upset because the flashlights were flashed at him.
When asked by a deputy if he thought his behavior was smart, Nickels responded, “Don’t you think you are lucky I didn’t run you over?”
A telephone scheduling conference is scheduled for Jan. 4.