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Portales Attorney Accused of Trying To Run Down Judge

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PORTALES (AP) — A Portales attorney is facing an assault charge after authorities say he tried to run down a district judge outside a county courthouse.

The Portales News-Tribune reports that Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down state District Judge Ted Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse.

Third Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces said Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

Orlando said she was appointed as special prosecutor in the case after 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler stepped aside, citing a conflict of interest.

According to court documents, Dixon told an investigator that he was “in no way attempting to scare Hartley.”

Hartley declined comment Wednesday.

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