Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bellevue man accused of spilling girlfriend from car

Wilbur L. Patt-Perez

A 30-year-old Bellevue man has been charged with felony domestic violence for allegedly spilling his girlfriend from a moving vehicle while the couple was arguing.

"He sped off and she fell out of the vehicle onto the ground," said Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter.

Wilber L. Patt-Perez was formally charged with the offense Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court. Hailey Police arrested him on Sunday following the alleged incident at around 10:30 a.m. at 3151 Glenbrook Drive in the Woodside area of south Hailey.

Patt-Perez was released from the Blaine County Jail later Monday after posting $5,000 bond.

Gunter said Patt-Perez and his girlfriend, a Bellevue woman, were arguing at the woman's mother's home when the alleged incident occurred. He said the dispute was about the couple's 1-year-old child, who was in the back seat of the vehicle.

"She was partially out of the vehicle and he took off," said Gunter. He said the woman received scrapes and cuts but refused medical attention.

The police chief said Patt-Perez was charged with a felony because the vehicle was involved and the alleged incident had the potential for more serious injury.

"There were skid marks, indicating that he did leave in a quick manner," Gunter said.

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