OGDEN -- The man police say was driven to fisticuffs in an argument over church seating in June will make his first appearance in court this week.
Weber Sheriff's deputies were called June 30 to the Meadows LDS Ward near 2300 North and 3600 West in Plain City on the Sunday disturbance call.
The altercation began during a packed meeting that included a baby blessing as well as a missionary farewell, according to the sheriff's office.
Wayne Dodge was sitting in an area where a family had reserved seating in order to be near the baby blessing. Words were exchanged.
Things escalated to the point punches were thrown, with Dodge's victim allegedly suffering a bloody nose.
"Wayne Dodge was leaving the scene in his vehicle and hit a pedestrian with his vehicle, the same person that Wayne Dodge had the altercation with prior," reads a probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court.
After a two-month investigation, Dodge, 52, was charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault and class B misdemeanor simple assault stemming from the dust up.
He will be arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning before Judge W. Brent West. Dodge posted $5,320 bail Monday, according to court records.
Last month Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said the case was complicated by the volume of witnesses the sheriff's office needed to interview and possible jurisdictional questions. If the case were limited to class B or C misdemeanors, it would have been filed in the Plain City Justice Court while a felony makes it the jurisdiction of the state district court.
Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Mark Lowther said at the time of the confrontation the victim was struck in the face by the suspect outside the church. After going inside to wipe the blood from his face, he came out to again confront the suspect, Dodge.
Lowther said the victim was hit by the suspect's vehicle and ended up on the hood. Witnesses then restrained Dodge and, when deputies arrived, he was in the bishop's office, said the lieutenant.
The victim was treated on the scene by emergency medical responders and did not immediately require a trip to a hospital.
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