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Police: Father, Son Attacked Officer

October 15, 2002

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NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) _ A man stopped for questioning by a police officer rammed his minivan into the officer’s car, then told his son to run over the officer with the large farm machine he was driving, authorities said.

Virgil Dean Fett, 42, and Billy Dean Fett, 23, were charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief and interference with official acts, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department said.

The officer, Nora Springs’ Police Chief Alex Leu, was not struck by the combine operated by Billy Fett, but he cut his hand on barbed wire while chasing the younger man, authorities said.

The confrontation occurred Friday after Leu was told that the Fetts had driven past a horse-drawn wagon, intentionally spraying it with gravel, police said.

Virgil Fett was caught after Leu called for backup. Billy Fett fled on foot and was found hiding under a car, officers said.

On Monday, the son characterized the incident as a misunderstanding. He said he inched toward Leu’s car with the combine, waiting for the officer to move his car so he could leave the field to get some gas.

``I did not do anything illegal, except for when they were trying to arrest me I’ll admit that I ran,″ Billy Fett said. ``If anything I was being harassed.″

The Fetts were released Saturday after they promised to appear in court.

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