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Jun 12, 2010 12:47 AM

Man accused of running over a sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty

The Salinas man charged with attempted murder of a peace officer after allegedly trying to run down a sheriff's deputy with his truck pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Youngblood entered the plea at his arraignment in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom, according to the district attorney's office. He is expected to appear in court again on July 1 for a pre-preliminary hearing.

Youngblood was arrested in May, after sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance at the Lake Nacimiento campground. Officials say Youngblood tried to get away from authorities by jumping in his truck and driving away. In the process, he allegedly hit Deputy Sheriff Nate Paul. Paul suffered a broken leg and had to undergo surgery for the injury.

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