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Assault charge filed in Amity skirmish

An Amity man faces felony assault charges after backing over someone during an argument in June.

Clark County prosecutors this week filed charges against James Pate, 56, of Amity, for allegations that he struck a man while reversing a Ford F-150 pickup. The June 13 incident happened in front of a West Texas Street residence in Amity. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Amity Police Department were summoned to the residence for a report that someone had been struck by a vehicle.

Sheriff Jason Watson told The Arkadelphian that the victim refused medical treatment, was treated at the scene and released.

Officers were able to review security footage recorded in front of the victim’s home showing Pate back into the victim.

According to a probable cause affidavit released this week, Pate and a passenger stopped at the victim’s home, and “words were exchanged” as the victim stood near his mailbox. “At that point [the victim] stated Pate put the truck into reverse and struck him.”

Upon reviewing the security footage, police arrested Pate at his residence. He is charged with aggravated assault, a Class D felony.

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