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Fayette man agrees to time, treatment in dispute case

| Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002

A Fayette County man who allegedly attempted to end a neighborhood dispute by running his neighbors over with his car agreed Monday to seek mental health treatment and spend 11½ to 23 months in prison.

Rick C. Fowler, 34, of 25 Hickory Road, North Union Township, agreed to plead guilty yesterday to drunken driving, aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

According to police, Fowler became involved in a verbal confrontation with Brandi L. Denny and Christine R. Mounayar when they approached him to discuss his propensity to pound on and curse at his car.

Police said the July 20 argument broke off, and Denny and Mounayar walked away.

But Fowler allegedly pursued the pair in his car shortly afterward, driving onto the berm and running his car into Denny.

Court papers filed in the case indicate that Denny was thrown about 25 feet. She was bruised from the contact.

After his arrest, Fowler's blood-alcohol level tested at 0.12 percent, slightly above the 0.10 percent limit for most drivers.

Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman set the plea for later this week.

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