COQUILLE — Coquille local Richard Dockery appeared in court for his plea hearing Friday morning, where he plead not guilty for two separate cases he’s being charged with.
The first of 46-year-old Dockery’s cases going to trial is a car accident from which he is accused of drunken driving, reckless endangerment of another person, assault and weapons charges.
On Dec. 6, 2017 Dockery was involved in a car crash at the intersection of Fishtrap Road and Arago Fishtrap Road. When the deputies arrived they found a female driver of a Chevrolet pickup with injuries.
The Deputy’s investigation deduced that Dockery was driving under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. After leaving the scene of the crash he stopped to purchase additional alcoholic beverages at a local convenience store before going to the hospital to get treatment for the injured 7-year-old passenger. When officers searched Dockery’s car they found brass knuckles and a stiletto knife.
Dockery is also being charged for a separate incident at the Four Seasons Inn in Coquille a month later on Jan, 17. He is accused of running shirtless into the bar with a claw hammer and assaulting 33-year-old Dan Navarro.
Navarro was sitting at the bar when the suspect allegedly walked in, pointed at the victim and struck him in the head with the hammer. Three bar patrons were able to stop the altercation. Dockery fled the scene and police spent the night looking for him.
He was arrested early the following morning his home located at 1562 West Central Blvd., about five blocks north of the Four Seasons Inn.
Dockery will be tried for attempt at murder for what happened at the Four Seasons Inn. The trial is scheduled for May, 29 -30.