Preliminary hearing set for Puckett

Robert Blackford/Editor

Dustin Puckett made his initial appearance in Mercer County Court Tuesday, Feb. 16 in front of Judge Tom Berglund.

Puckett, 28, was arrested Feb. 14 in New Boston for aggravated battery to a police officer, home invasion, escape, felony criminal trespass to a residence, domestic battery, aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic violations.

Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Tom Berglund set a preliminary hearing date of Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Burgland appointed public defender Clarence Darrow to represent Puckett. The judge set bond at $250,000, 50 percent.