Springfield man accused of trying to run over Burchett campaign worker

A Springfield man has been charged with assault after police say he ran over a political sign and allegedly tried to hit another man with his vehicle.

Samuel Doyle, 22, appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to assault and was released on his own recognizance.

The victim of the assault is listed in court documents as Travis Russell, who worked in support of Deb Burchett’s campaign for Clark County sheriff. Burchett won the election.

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Russell stated he was attempting to replace a political sign when Doyle reportedly drove back and forth over the sign repeatedly, damaging it, according to court documents. The sign was valued at about $75.

The suspect is accused of yelling expletives and threatening Russell. Doyle was also accused of driving his vehicle toward Russell, which he believed was an attempt to hit him, according to court records. Russell told police he was able to move before being struck.

Doyle wasn’t associated with Sheriff Gene Kelly’s re-election campaign in any way, Kelly said.

Doyle’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 14. If convicted, he faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.