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Truck driver arrested on five misdemeanors PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

A South Dakota truck driver is facing five misdemeanor charges after an incident Saturday night, north of Imperial.
Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller said Allen Pettis, 38, of Harrisburg, So. Dak., was jailed after the incident and kept overnight Saturday before he bonded out on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.
The sheriff’s dispatcher received a 911 call Saturday shortly before 9 p.m., from another truck driver who alleged he’d been assaulted by Pettis.
David Hancock, 58, of Osceola, Neb., said he was in line in his semi-trailer, as was Pettis, waiting to load cattle at Imperial Beef.
According to the sheriff’s report, Pettis got into the cab of Hancock’s semi and became belligerent, punched the dash of the truck then allegedly assaulted Hancock, who then called 911.
When Deputy Dave Ridlen arrived on the scene and made contact with Pettis, the driver was reportedly slumped over the wheel of his semi. Ridlen asked him to get out, he did and struggled some with the deputy, Mueller said.
Pettis was arrested for criminal mischief, obstruction of a police officer, third degree assault, driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
All are misdemeanors, Mueller said.
Pettis’ arraignment is set for Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in Chase County Court.