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Ky. Suspect Beats Fiancée, Crashes Cars, Fights Officer


A Kentucky man is facing multiple criminal charges after police said he became violent with his fiancée, crashed two cars – one of them stolen -- and almost ran over two nurses at a local hospital.

According to arrest records, 32-year-old Morris D. Matthews, of Philpot, Ky., and his fiancée were driving to St. Mary's Hospital around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when they began fighting.

Police said Matthews pushed his fiancée's foot down on the gas pedal, causing the car to accelerate out of control.

Matthews's fiancée was weaving in and out of traffic to avoid hitting other cars on the road, police said.

When they got to St. Mary's, Matthews punched his fiancée in the face, according to arrest records.

The woman ran away, police said, and Matthews got in the driver's seat and attempted to run her over, striking several parked cars in the process.

One of those cars slid and hit the woman, according to police.

Police said Matthews got out of the car, took keys from an elderly woman ion the parking lot and stole her car but crashed it into another parked car.

According to arrest records, Matthews got back into his car and took off at a high rate of speed, almost running over two nurses in the parking lot who had to dive between other cars to avoid getting run over by Matthews.

Police said Matthews pulled out into traffic and struck another car, running that driver's car off the road.

Matthews kept driving, running over a fire hydrant before slamming into yet another motorist, police said.

That motorist attempted to help Matthews, but Matthews began fighting him in an attempt to steal his truck, according to arrest records.

Matthews then fled on foot, running into a wooded area, police said.

As officers arrived, Matthews ran out of the wooded area and attacked an officer, according to arrest records.

They scuffled briefly before Matthews was finally placed under arrest, police said.

Matthews is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree robbery, resisting arrest and two counts of assault and criminal mischief.

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