A man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing this week after threatening a trucker with a pistol and choking a police dog. 

The incident happened on April 29th near Blackfoot, Idaho. The suspect’s preliminary hearing is expected to take place this week, on May 13th. 

According to East Idaho News, 43-year-old Cory Cox got into a road rage altercation with a truck driver, who claims that Cox pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot out the trucker’s tires. The driver called police and explained to officers that Cox had gotten him to pull over and immediately started yelling at him. The trucker said that Cox was not making any sense when he pulled the pistol and started making threats, and that he feared for his life. Eventually, Cox got into his vehicle and drove away of his own accord.  

Cox then reportedly crashed into an irrigation system in a farm field and abandoned his vehicle. Police eventually caught up to him, but Cox was uncooperative and attacked the police K9, kicking the dog and grabbing it around the throat in an attempt to choke it. The dog then bit Cox and police were able to apprehend the suspect. 

Cox was evaluated at a nearby hospital and then booked into the Bingham County Jail. He is currently still in custody on $3,500 bail. 

Cox is being charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and harm of a police K9. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 13th. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison or up to $50,000 in fines.

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