Earlham man in van allegedly rams Redfield rival at high speed

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Seth Michael Thompson, 31, of Earlham was arrested Sunday on a charge of assault-intent to inflict serious injury.

An Earlham man allegedly rammed his van into a Redfield man’s vehicle at high speed in a fit of jealous passion.

Seth Michael Thompson, 31, of 16205 320th Way, Earlham, was charged with assault with  intent to inflict serious injury.

The incident began about 8:15 a.m. Sunday when the Dallas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a man who said that “he was being chased by his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.”

A Dallas County Deputy Sheriff responded and made contact with the victim and the ex-girlfriend in a Dodge Dakota near the intersection of Old Highway 6 and G Avenue in rural Redfield.

The victim said that he and the ex-girlfriend were in his vehicle when Thompson, driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan van, allegedly “struck them at a speed of over 70 mph on El Paso Avenue just north of Redfield,” according to court records. The victim said he and the ex-girlfriend were then “chased back into Redfield” by Thompson, who then fled eastward on Old Highway 6.

The victim said he “believed that Thompson did this out of anger because” the ex-girlfriend was in the victim’s vehicle, according to court records.

No injuries were reported, but the deputy observed that “significant damage was done to the rear” of the victim’s vehicle.

The deputy made contact with Thompson at his residence in Earlham, and Thompson “denied any involvement and refused to answer any questions about the incident,” according to court records.

A “friend of Thompson” was “on scene” and allegedly said “that Thompson made admissions to him about the incident” and “told him that he struck them in his van going over 60 mph with the intent to harm them,” according to court records.

Thompson is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 5 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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