- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - A Rhode Island man has pleaded not guilty to charges he drove his car through a security checkpoint at a Massachusetts military base and punched a trooper in the chest.

The Cape Cod Times reports (https://bit.ly/29hQyFX ) Harold Lamotte, of Charlestown, was arraigned Tuesday on motor vehicle and assault charges.

Lamotte was arrested after state police say the 31-year-old’s vehicle failed to stop at a Joint Base Cape Cod gate early Monday, then sped off and crashed into a pole. Police say Lamotte assaulted the trooper during booking.

Police have said Lamotte does not appear to be a threat to national security.

Court documents say Lamotte works at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Lamotte is due back in court Aug. 18.

His attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodtimes.com

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