No Contest Plea in Assault on State Trooper

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of injuring a South Dakota trooper after stealing his squad car while handcuffed during a traffic stop has pleaded no contest to charges in a deal with prosecutors.

Joshua Two Bulls entered the plea to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer Thursday in Pennington County. The 41-year-old Two Bulls says he was too intoxicated to remember what transpired.

The Rapid City Journal reports that as part of the plea deal, the state will drop a second aggravated assault charge and charges of simple assault, first-degree escape and grand theft.

Trooper Jake Dowling was injured as he tried to stop Two Bulls from taking his squad car along Highway 79 in May 2017. Dowling tried using a stun gun on Two Bulls and shot out the car’s tires in an effort to stop him.

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