POLICE: Louisville man drove on I-65 with domestic violence victim on top of his car
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a man was seriously injured after a Louisville suspect intentionally drove on the interstate with the man on the roof of his car.
According to an arrest warrant, it happened on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Garden Hotel on Crittenden Drive, near the I-65 interchange.
Police say 38-year-old Jesse Haigler, Jr. got into an argument with the victim, while inside the victim's car in the parking lot. Haigler allegedly pulled the man's key out of his ignition and got out of the car, getting into his own car.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim tried to stop Haigler from leaving with his car keys by climbing onto the roof of Haigler's car. The victim then used his left hand to grab onto the door frame through the open driver's side window.
Police say Haigler's answer to that was to roll up the window, trapping the victim's hand between the glass and the door frame.
Haigler then allegedly drove out of the parking lot and onto Crittenden Drive. From there, police say he got onto northbound I-65 -- with the victim still on the roof of the car.
According to court documents, Haigler drove on I-65 "at highway speeds" with the man on his car. He got off the interstate via the Brooks Street exit, then drove to the intersection of W. Chestnut Street and S. 2nd Street, where he opened the window and released the victim's hand.
Police say he then, "accelerated and used oncoming traffic lanes to pass cars waiting [at] a red light, and turned east onto Chestnut at a high rate of speed."
The force of the maneuver caused the victim to fall from the car and hit the pavement, even as police say Haigler fled the scene.
The victim was taken to University Hospital. Police say he suffered, "broken bones in his face, a bleed in his brain, injury to his left hand, and 'road rash' on his torso and extremities."
Police say Haigler and the victim, "formerly lived together as a couple."
A warrant was issued for Haigler's arrest on Sept. 21, and he was taken into custody on Monday afternoon. He's charged with first degree assault and first degree wanton endangerment.
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