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Quincey C. Shugart

The road to marriage turned rocky on Friday for Quincey C. Shugart of North Platte when he had a fight with his new wife, wrecked his pickup and landed in jail.

Shugart, 34, was just out of jail. He and Dawn Vanmeter received a marriage license from the Lincoln County Clerk. They were riding in Shugart's 1994 Ford F-150 pickup Friday night when they got into an argument that turned physical.

Not only were they arguing as they drove east on Second St., police said Shugart was punching Vanmeter when he lost control of his pickup and hit a parked car near Second and Welch. He backed up, changed direction and drove north on Welch, but within a block he ran into a utility pole.

The wrecks happened around 9:45 p.m.

Shugart was charged with felony assault for hitting Vanmeter, and he also ran away, only to be picked up a little later near East Fifth and Eastman. He was charged for leaving the scene of both accidents – a property accident and an injury accident.

Leaving an injury accident is a felony.

Both Shugart and Vanmeter were taken to the hospital before Shugart was jailed.

Shugart's pickup was totaled. Compounding the problems, his auto insurance expired on Feb. 1, police said.

Police estimate the damage to the parked car, a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, amounted to $1,200.

He was initially held without bond, but his bond was $25,000 on Sunday.

It's been a tough few months for Shugart, who is believed to have stabbed Luke Ressegieu, 23, around 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in a parking lot on East Fourth.

Shugart was charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a weapon and served 87 days in jail for the offense. He had just gotten out, according to sheriff’s records.

This report was updated Sunday.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/16/2013
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