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A Mason City man wanted for assaulting a pregnant woman was arrested for drugs and driving while barred Monday in Hancock County. 

James Robert Perry, 26, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana — first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while barred.

Perry was stopped by an Iowa State Patrol trooper for speeding about 3:19 p.m. Monday on B-14, a quarter-mile west of Wood Avenue.

Perry told the trooper that he thought he was barred from driving in Iowa, according to charging documents. 

The trooper stated in the complaint that Perry is barred from driving through June 2021, has 14 withdrawals on his driving record and did not have car insurance. 

Perry told the trooper there was a half-ounce of marijuana in the center console, court documents said. A glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue on it was also located, according to the trooper. 

No court date has been set on those charges. Perry was transferred to Floyd County, where he had an outstanding warrant on a rolling domestic abuse charge from September 2016. 

Perry is accused of getting into a verbal argument and physical altercation with a woman he knew near the intersection of Cameo Avenue and Highway 18 on Sept. 21, 2016, court documents say. 

Perry is accused of hitting the woman, who was five months pregnant at the time, on the right side of her face with his fist and biting her left arm, causing bleeding and swelling, according to court documents. He was charged with domestic abuse assault causing injury -- first offense and driving while barred. 

Court documents said he left the victim and a 3-year-old child at the scene. A warrant for his arrest was issued the next day, stating he should be held without bond. 

Perry was released on his own recognizance Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in Floyd County District Court Jan. 19.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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