Brownsdale man pleads guilty to hitting squad cars, deputy

Published 8:21 am Friday, October 28, 2011

A 45-year-old rural Brownsdale man who hit two squad cars and a deputy with his vehicle pleaded guilty to three criminal charges Thursday.


David Allen Strickland entered guilty pleas to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and refusing to submit to a DWI chemical test. Two of the three charges are felonies.

According to court documents, a Brownsdale police car and Mower County deputy’s car were parked in the 100 block of Highway 56 in Brownsdale around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, when Strickland crashed into the Brownsdale squad car.

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As a result of the impact, the squad car hit the deputy’s car. According to the police report, Strickland’s vehicle ran into the deputy.

The deputy was not injured.

Strickland fled the scene, driving down Highway 56 at speeds up to 100 mph. The officers whose vehicles had been hit caught up with Strickland about two miles away from the scene of the crash and arrested him.

Strickland refused to be tested for DWI the night of his arrest, but in court Thursday he admitted to being intoxicated.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 26, 2012.