2015-09-10 / Courts

Empire man charged for ramming car into hardware

GARDNER GARDNER A 54-year-old Empire man is facing a felony charge of malicious damage of property (MDOP) after ramming his truck into a parked car, which rammed the car into an Empire business, according to a report from 86th District Court.

Jack L. Gardner, of 9620 W. Front St., pleaded not guilty to the charge on Tuesday after he waived his preliminary examination and was bound over for a Circuit Court arraignment.

He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of MDOP.

The charges stem from an Aug. 1 incident in which Gardner allegedly got into a fight with another man in the parking lot of the Anchor Hardware & Gifts store on South LaCore Street. After the fight, Gardner used his Super Duty Ford truck to ram the rear end of his victim’s Honda Accord into the front entrance of the store, the report said.

Both the store and the Accord had damages in excess of $1,000, the report said.

Gardner is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. His next court date has not yet been set.

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