Police: Men fought over aluminum cans

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police arrested a man after a fight that left another man with a possible broken arm.

James Holderness, 62, Oxford, Iowa, was charged Tuesday with willful injury causing bodily injury.

According to a police complaint, two men were allegedly fighting over redeemable cans in the alley behind 518 S. VanBuren St.

When police responded, Holderness allegedly admitted post-Miranda that he initially defended himself but then tried to use his truck to hit or knock over the other man, who was ona bike.

Holderness allegedly told police he struck the alleged victim with a tire iron and then threw it in a Dumpster.

The Iowa City police report said the alleged victim was transported to a hospital by ambulance, with a possible broken arm.

Holderness allegedly told officers he was tired of the alleged victim throwing things at his truck while they were competing to collect cans.

Willful injury causing bodily injury is a Class D felony, punishable by five years in prison and a fine of no more than $7,500.

— by Hayley Bruce

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