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A Price man has pleaded guilty to intentionally running over another man with an SUV last year, and then speeding away from the scene.
Matthew Alan Thatcher, 34, was initially charged in 7th District Court with second-degree felony attempted murder and third-degree felony and failure to stop at the scene of a serious injury accident.
Thatcher pleaded guilty this week to a lesser count of third-degree felony aggravated assault, as well as the failure to stop charge.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 24 before Judge George Harmond
Each count is punishable by up to five years in prison, but as part of a plea deal prosecutors have instead agreed to recommend probation, according to court documents.
On Aug. 17, 2014, Price police got a 911 call reporting that a 32-year-old man had been injured while riding a bicycle near 670 E. 400 South in Price.
The man was rushed to Castleview Hospital in serious condition, police said at the time.
Police developed information leading them to Thatcher's 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee and arrested him at his home.
Price police Capt. William D. Barnes said at the time that Thatcher and the victim had an ongoing, unspecified adversarial relationship, and when Thatcher saw the victim riding his bike he allegedly decided to run him down.
Thatcher purportedly ran over the victim again when he got up from his toppled bike and tried to run, Barnes said.