WATERLOO | A Waterloo man accused of ramming his SUV into a squad car following domestic spat in December now says he was having vehicle trouble.
Kelvin Plain Jr., 26, is awaiting trial on charges of felony assault on a peace officer and first-degree criminal mischief.
Authorities said Plain told police “I ain’t scared of you, I’ll get out the car and beat your ass,” and then drove off when officers pulled up on Niles Avenue for a disturbance Dec. 16.
Moments later, Plain’s Saturn Outlook came barreling back down Niles, rammed one parked squad car into another and struck a neighbor’s parked car. Officer Randall Hammitt and Sgt. Brooke Carter were injured in the collision.
Plain also was treated for injuries and then placed in the Black Hawk County Jail.
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In April, Plain sent letters to the court and prosecutors claiming mechanical problems.
“I was having vehicle problems with my 2007 Saturn Outlook. I took my vehicle to Auto Zone and put it on a machine which gave me paper with codes describing my vehicle issues,” Plain wrote in one letter.
In another, he wrote “The defendant was having problems with his transmission according to Auto Zone. The defendant made an appointment that day. When the defendant put his foot on the gas, the thermostat would go up but the speed wouldn’t increase.”
Investigators searched the Saturn and seized repair paperwork and the vehicle’s manual.
Hammitt and Carter have since returned to duty.