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Blenz in court Thursday
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
7/1/2015 12:56:14 PM

David Keith Blenz
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

NEWKIRK, Okla. --  David Keith Blenz of Arkansas City will have his initial Kay County District Court appearance Thursday on a felony charge of Endangering Others While Eluding/Attempting to Elude Police and a Misdemeanor charge of Assault with Dangerous Weapon in connection with a police pursuit in Newkirk June 20th.

 He was officially charged June 25th, bond has been set at $250,000.

 Kay County Sheriff Everette Van Hoesen said Thursday that Kay County deputies retrieved Blenz last Friday, he was held by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department.

 He was released from a Tulsa area hospital June 25th after suffering injuries June 20th in a police pursuit north of Newkirk.

 Blenz was shot in the face by sheriff’s deputy Jamie Wilson early Saturday morning after Blenz ran through two police road blocks attempting to evade Newkirk police and sheriff’s deputies.  Blenz was shot as he aimed his semi-truck at Wilson on Earth Road north of Newkirk.  Wilson was placing a police barricade on the county road to stop Blenz.

 Blenz was sought by police after he entered the residence of his ex-wife at 1 a.m.   A Protective Order had been issued against Blenz June 10.

 Deputy Jamie Wilson was suspended with pay after the shooting per county protocol.  Sheriff Van Hoesen said Thursday the OSBI investigated the shooting turning the report  to Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson.

 Hermanson said last week the police shooting was determined to justified signing off on the OSBI report.

 The district attorney said more charges are expected to be filed against Blenz.

 According to on-line court records, Blenz was charged with Domestic Abuse - Assault and Battery June 3rd, On May 20th, Blenz was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery by Strangulation against his ex-wife.

 They were divorced in January 2014.

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