A Muldrow man was charged with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for allegedly trying to run over another man.
Police reports show that Fred Laster, 80, was arrested July 20 at 5th and Winn streets in Gore.
According to the report, a sheriff’s deputy was called to the scene of a verbal altercation between Shelly Shell, Shell’s daughter Natalie and Troy Hooks, her mother’s friend.
Shelly Shell told the deputy that Natalie and Fred Laster came to her home to take Natalie’s baby to see its father in Gore. An argument ensued between Natalie and her mother about where Natalie was going to spend the night, the report showed. When Natalie became angry and began verbally abusing her mother, the report revealed, Hooks came out of the house and jumped to the older woman’s defense, telling Natalie she couldn’t come to her mom’s house and disrespect her.
During the argument, Laster was reportedly sitting behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford Ranger. When Hooks came outside, Laster allegedly put the pickup in reverse, turned the wheel to the left and backed up about 25 feet. As the report shows, Laster then put the car in drive and hit Hooks’ leg with the truck’s right passenger tire, causing Hooks to fall. Laster reportedly then backed up again and came toward Hooks once more, pushing him into a vehicle and momentarily pinning him against it. Laster then backed up and left the property.
Hooks was left with tire marks from his right ankle to the top of his calf muscle, and the truck he was pinned against was damaged on the driver’s side back fender and bumper, the deputy reported.
The deputy then advised a Gore police officer of the situation and asked him to find Laster, who was subsequently arrested.
Laster was released from jail on an $11,000 bond. His next court date is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 25.
The charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years in the penitentiary or one year in the county jail.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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