Charges: Man who hit Minnesota group says he was assaulted

This Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, photo provided by the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato, Minn., shows Juan Carlos Lamas Jr., of Shakopee, Minn. A criminal complaint filed Tuesday charges Lamas with multiple counts, including assault, criminal vehicular operation and drunken driving. Police say he deliberately drove into a group of people in Minnesota early Sunday, injuring six. (Blue Earth County Jail via AP)

MANKATO, Minn. - A criminal complaint says a man who drove into a group of people in Minnesota told police he was assaulted by several men and hit them so he wouldn't get beat up.

Twenty-one-year-old Juan Carlos Lamas Jr. of Shakopee was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies, including assault and criminal vehicular operation, as well as misdemeanour drunken driving.

Police say he deliberately drove into a group of people in the Minnesota city of Mankato early Sunday, injuring six.

According to the Mankato Free Press , the complaint says Lamas admitted to striking the group after a fight over the price paid for some marijuana.

Two 18-year-old victims who were severely injured remain in fair condition at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Court records don't list an attorney who could speak for Lamas.

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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com


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