HS man charged with felony as­sault af­ter al­legedly hit­ting man with car

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/ FYI - GRACE BROWN

Hot Springs po­lice charged a local man with felony as­sault Mon­day evening af­ter he al­legedly in­ten­tion­ally hit an­other man with his car, but he claimed the man jumped on the hood of his ve­hi­cle.

Dar­ius Melton, 48, who lists a McClen­don Street ad­dress, was taken into cus­tody around 5 p.m. Mon­day and charged with felony ag­gra­vated as­sault, pun­ish­able by up to six years in prison.

He was later re­leased on a $2,500 bond, and is set to ap­pear in Gar­land County District Court on Sept. 12.

The prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit said Hot Springs po­lice who re­sponded to the in­ter­sec­tion of Mill Creek Road and Spring Street in ref­er­ence to a pedes­trian hit by a ve­hi­cle learned the driver, later iden­ti­fied as Melton, had al­ready left the scene in a gray Kia Soul.

The vic­tim was alert and con­scious, but re­fused med­i­cal at­ten­tion, stat­ing he would seek treat­ment him­self. He told po­lice that Melton had struck him mul­ti­ple times with his ve­hi­cle.

Two wit­nesses told po­lice the vic­tim had just ex­ited a red Chevro­let pickup when he was struck by the Kia.

The wit­nesses said the vic­tim ap­peared to jump out of the way af­ter the ve­hi­cle struck him, run­ning to a grassy area next to the road. The Kia re­port­edly struck the vic­tim again, this time ac­tu­ally run­ning over him.

While of­fi­cers were still at the scene, Melton re­port­edly came to the Hot Springs Po­lice Depart­ment, along with his wife. The two were placed in sep­a­rate rooms and in­ter­viewed.

When Melton was asked whether he struck the vic­tim with his ve­hi­cle, he al­legedly stated the vic­tim jumped onto the hood of his ve­hi­cle when he pulled up to him, and that he only “gassed it” to get him off.


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