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NEW ROADS - A long-time police juror in Pointe Coupee Parish is alleging one of his colleagues tried to run him over with his SUV after a heated council meeting last month.

Russell Young said he narrowly escaped death that night.

"I attempted to cross the street and heard a loud roar," Young said.  "I know damn well when an engine is coming at me."

Young filed a report with the New Roads Police Department, accusing police juror Justin Cox in the matter.

"It damn sure scared the hell out of me.  He wasn't trying to give me no king cake party, I can tell you that," Young said.

Cox told News 2 he had "more sense" than to attack his colleague.

"It's beneath me to do something like that," he said.

Cox said where the alleged incident occurred is in a high-traffic area, and it would be impossible for him to do what Young alleged he did at that spot.

"Simple-minded and simple people do desperate things," Cox said.  "That's what that police report is."

"As far as I'm concerned, Justin Cox is an intimidator," Young said.  "I won't be intimidated."

New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald said there are a couple of witnesses who saw the incident.

"We've talked to several witnesses who's names were listed in the initial statement, but it's been to no avail," Chief McDonald said.  "They are saying they didn't witness such a thing."


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