A Beatrice man charged with attempted murder entered not guilty pleas in Gage County District Court on Friday.
Clyde N. Rice, 73, entered the pleas before Judge Julie Smith to charges of attempted second-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, terroristic threats and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Rice was arrested in August after allegedly hitting a man with his vehicle and leaving the scene.
Beatrice police were dispatched to the 100 block of High Street for a report that Rice had hit a man with his vehicle and pepper sprayed him.
According to Gage County court documents, witnesses told police that Rice pulled up in a vehicle, got out a pink can of pepper spray and sprayed the victim in the face.
Rice then got back inside his vehicle and turned around in a circle. He allegedly struck the victim with his vehicle, sending the man approximately 30 feet before he came to a rest.
He then allegedly said, "Now you know how it feels," and sped off.
Rice called police to state the victim jumped on his hood while he was leaving the scene.
Damage to the vehicle was consistent with witness statements, and Rice had a can pepper spray in his pocket when contacted by police.
The victim was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and sustained cuts and bruises on his leg and advised he was in pain from being hit by the vehicle.
A pretrial conference is set for Nov. 2 in the case.