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Associated Press, Published December 16 2010

Veteran charged in ND rampage pleads not guilty

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — An Iraq war veteran accused of going on a suicidal rampage in North Dakota has pleaded not guilty to four charges.

Authorities say 28-year-old Brock Savelkoul led police on a high-speed chase and threatened a person in a Watford City convenience store with guns.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Savelkoul was medically discharged from the Army last year with post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury, and was recovering from a shrapnel leg wound. He left a suicide note for his family in Minot before the Sept. 21 incident.

Savelkoul earlier was ordered by the court to get treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Fargo and in St. Cloud, Minn. But he still faces felony charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing police and terrorizing, and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.