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Virginia man charged with ramming vehicle of couple with grandchildren

A Virginia man who allegedly rammed a vehicle carrying a couple with their grandchildren with his Chevrolet Suburban on Tuesday has been charged with seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor.

James Michael Richards
Richards was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Texas in 2004.

A Virginia man who allegedly rammed a vehicle carrying a couple with their grandchildren with his Chevrolet Suburban on Tuesday has been charged with seven felonies and one gross misdemeanor.

James Michael Richards, 30, was charged Thursday in State District Court in Virginia with four counts of assault in the second degree, two counts of terroristic threats and one count of criminal damage to property in the first degree -- all felonies -- and a gross misdemeanor count of driving while impaired in the third degree.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jeff and Sheila Henry, with grandchildren in their vehicle, were driving on Sixth Avenue North before 8 p.m. when a Suburban came up behind them. The Suburban sped up and slowed down, hitting the Henry vehicle twice.

At an intersection, the Suburban pulled alongside and Richards got out, hitting the passenger side of the Henrys' vehicle and swearing.

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When Richards drove off, Jeff Henry called 911 and Sheila Henry drove after him in an attempt to read his license plate. Richards stopped at a stop sign, put the Suburban in reverse and backed a half-block to ram the Henry vehicle. The Henrys followed Richard to 612 Fifth St. S., where he parked on the grass and walked back to their vehicle to say that he was going to go in the house to get a gun to shoot them.

Police arrested Richard in front of the home. He refused to take a preliminary breath test until after talking to a lawyer. After about 44 minutes on the phone, he consented to a breath test, which indicated a blood-alcohol content of .12. The limit for driving in Minnesota is .08.

Bail was set at $20,000 Thursday. Richards' next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Richards was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Texas in 2004.

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