Judge schedules preliminary hearing for alleged traffic accident gunman

Cade Austin, 30, arrested and charged with attempted murder and other charges.  Police claim Austin crashed his vehicle and then brandished a handgun and shot at paramedics before being shot himself.

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 30-year-old Cade M. Austin. The Preston, Idaho, man was arrested in December, accused of getting into a shootout with paramedics after crashing his car near Lewiston.

Austin appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. His public defender, Bryan Galloway requested the preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present their evidence in the case.

Austin has been held in the Cache County Jail without bail, after allegedly threatening paramedics and passerby’s with a gun, during the traffic accident along US-91. Police report he exchanged gunfire with one of the paramedics, Jeremy Hunt who is also a reserve officer with the North Park Police Department.

Austin was hit in the chest and left shoulder. He continued to make threats and wave the gun from inside his car. He was later pulled from his vehicle by SWAT team members after losing consciousness and transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Austin faces two charges of attempted murder, both first-degree felonies and four misdemeanors including driving under the influence, interfering with an arresting officer, reckless driving and having an open container inside a vehicle.

Judge Kevin Allen set a preliminary hearing date for February 2.

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