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Forum News Service, Published November 21 2013

Grove City man spewed racial slurs in highway attack, police say

GROVE CITY, Minn. - A Grove City man who blocked both lanes of traffic Tuesday on U.S. Highway 12 shouted racial slurs as he chased and attacked two people who had tried to drive around the man’s vehicle, authorities said.

William Richard Dugan, 57, is accused of attacking a man with a nail-studded board, biting him as the two struggled on the ground, using his truck to ram the victims’ vehicle and then pursuing them with his truck as they sought refuge behind a third vehicle.

Dugan allegedly “screamed racial slurs” at the two people, who were identified in the police report as a 57-year-old black man and 60-year-old black woman.

The two told police they feared for their lives.

Dugan was being held in the Meeker County Jail on $500,000 unconditional bail and $250,000 conditional bail after being charged Thursday in Meeker County District Court.

The charges include two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, one charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, first-degree damage to property -- all felonies -- and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree damage to property.

Dugan’s next court appearance is set for Dec. 11.