Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm saving this place for my wife. Is your wife a car? Move or I'll park on you.

(Photo of car after striking man)

Man trying to save parking spot for wife gets run over.

Published - Mar 04 2009 08:02PM CST

Authorities said a man intentionally ran over another man who was trying to save a parking spot at a gas station on Monday. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reported that the victim was standing in a spot to reserve it for his wife at the Murphy USA gas station.

The man saving the spot told deputies that he held up his hands when another man pulled up to the line, but the man drove forward and hit him in the knees.

When the victim yelled at the man to stop, authorities said the suspect pulled forward and hit the man again, causing bruising and swelling. Other witnesses backed up the victim's story.

However, witnesses said the woman had been there earlier in her car, but had left to run errands, leaving her husband to keep her place.

The suspect was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. Police were trying to determine if the wife should be charged with reckless endangerment. "She left her defenseless husband there, alone, to defend against 4,000 pound vehicles," said one of the officers.

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