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June 26, 2014

Pregnant woman run over during domestic spat

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville woman was treated at Cumberland Medical Center after she was run over by a pickup truck during a domestic dispute that turned violent, and the man behind the wheel has been charged with several offenses.

Lawrence M. Parks, 26, 51 Parks Dr., Sparta, is charged with felony aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license, according to Ptl. Tim Vandever's report.

The victim, identified as a 23-year-old, also of the same address, was taken by ambulance to Cumberland Medical Center for treatment of a host of injuries including "road rash," injuries to both elbows and wrists and a black eye. She told police she is seven months pregnant.

The incident occurred last Wednesday on Campbell St. around 6:30 p.m., according to Vandever's report. Crossville Police responded to a caller's report of a woman fleeing from a residence, being chased by a man in a pickup truck who had run over the victim.

When police arrived at the scene, both persons were back at the residence where the incident started, with neither cooperating with police other than to say they had been arguing.

Two eye-witnesses, however, provided police with a different story. Both said the woman walked away from the residence and was shortly after followed by the pickup truck whose driver was spinning wheels and sliding sideways.

One witness said it appeared the woman had opened the door to the truck and had either attempted to jump back out, or fell when the vehicle started moving. It was then that she was run over.

"He even showed me the black marks on the street and where they had a broken spot in them," wrote Vandever in his report. "...this is where he said she was laying when he ran over her."

The female victim, at first, declined medical attention, but police called for an ambulance and then took the suspect into custody. After Parks was placed under arrest, the victim consented to go to the emergency room for treatment.

She later admitted she declined medical attention or to cooperate with police at first because of her fear.

Police also reported that two children were riding their bicycles in the area when the incident took place, resulting in the endangerment charges.

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