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.