Trial for NEI Man Accused of Driving at Cop
The attempted murder trial of a Maynard man, accused of driving his car at a police officer, will continue this week.
33 year old Abel Quijas Junior is on trial in Fayette County District Court in West Union.
He is accused of deliberately driving his car at Oelwein Police Officer Jay Tommasin, in September of 2014.
In that incident, police and Fayette County deputies had descended on a home in Oelwein, where authorities arranged for a controlled delivery of crystal meth. The drug had been found packaged, for delivery to that address.
During the arrest, Quijas struggled with officers in an attempt to flee the scene, and in the process, drove his car at the officer. Authorities had fired their guns at Quijas, wounding him. He was later treated at an area hospital.
Quijas led authorities on a manhunt through rural Fayette County, but was found the next day at a home in Maynard, and arrested.
During the trial last week, an officer made a statement during testimony that prompted the defense to call for a mistrial. However, the case went on as scheduled.
The trial continues today (Monday, May 16) with closing arguments possible by tomorrow.