Kevin Haug apprehended

Cedar County law enforcement and rescue personnel are on the scene of a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening west of Hartington where a U-haul truck driven by Kevin Haug collided with a semi-trailer truck. At the time of the accident, Haug was being wanted by law enforcement in connection with a stabbing incident earlier Tuesday in Fordyce.

HARTINGTON — A man being sought on attempted murder charges was apprehended after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 81 and 84 early Tuesday evening.

Kevin Haug was driving a U-Haul truck when it collided with a semi-trailer truck at the intersection. The accident appeared to be the result of a police chase involving law enforcement and Haug.

Police scanner traffic indicated Haug was apprehended after a pursuit from Yankton into Cedar County on Highway 81. The suspect crashed into a semi-trailer truck while trying to elude police near the intersection, which is located nine miles west of Hartington.

Haug, 44, had been sought by law enforcement after a stabbing incident Tuesday morning in Fordyce in Cedar County.

According to a Cedar County affidavit, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 6:51 a.m. Tuesday that Haug allegedly attacked James Olson with what appeared to be a machete and then left the scene.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office indicated Rhea Haug called 911 and told dispatchers her estranged husband had stabbed Olson at her home in Fordyce. She reported Olson was bleeding severely from his hip, head and stomach area.

Haug then left the scene in a white 2007 Chevrolet Suburban.

Investigators at the scene said they saw blood on the sidewalk leading from the house. Signs of forced entrance into the house were also evident. Two knives — one a 10-inch corn knife — were also recovered at the scene.

Olson was taken by ambulance to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton where he was treated for stab wounds to his forehead, hand and abdomen. Law enforcement reports indicate he underwent surgery for a deep laceration to his upper abdomen.

Cedar County Attorney Edward Matney said Haug is accused of several alleged crimes, including first-degree felony attempted murder, first-degree assault, burglary, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and possession of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

If convicted, the maximum penalties range from four years to 50 years in prison and fines.

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