Man crashes car during attempted kidnapping of wife-to-be
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested a man early Thursday morning after he crashed his car while trying to kidnap his fiancée during a domestic dispute.
22-year-old Michael Chatman was booked on charges of domestic abuse, kidnapping, assault, reckless operation of a vehicle, possession of Xanax, prisoner self-mutilation and introducing narcotics into a penal institution early Thursday morning.
Deputies said they were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 2600 block of Aubin Lane at around 12:45 a.m. Thursday. Witnesses said they observed Chatman dragging his fiancée into a vehicle and hitting her.
A Baton Rouge Police officer located Chatman walking down Anne Drive and detained him, just before the deputies arrived to the scene.
The victim told investigators that she was involved in a “heated verbal altercation” with the man. According to the victim, she had walked outside, thinking he had already left in his car. When Chatman saw her, he demanded that she get into the car. When she did not comply, Chatman grabbed her and dragged her to the vehicle, forcing her to sit in the front passenger seat.
The victim said she jumped over to the driver’s seat, shifted the car into gear and attempted to drive off, but Chatman jumped through the open driver’s side window. The victim said that he began punching her from the driver's side, before pulling himself all the way into the car and shoving her back into the front passenger seat.
She told deputies that Chatman refused to let her out of the car and that he tried to crash the vehicle while she was still in it. She said he told her that they were going to die together.
When the man started to run the stop sign at the intersection of Anne Drive and Cedarcrest Drive, she reached over to grab the gear shift and was able to place the car in park. She then pulled the keys out of the ignition and jumped out of the car. The victim suffered several scrapes and cuts on her shoulder as a result of the horrific incident.
The victim said that while she was running away from the vehicle, she heard a loud crash behind her. As she turned around to see what happened, she saw the car wrecked into some trees off Anne Drive.
As Chatman was being booked into the parish prison, a deputy found some light green pills in Chatman's pocket, which were suspected to be Xanax. Chatman confirmed to the deputy that they were Xanax pills.
After he was booked into jail, Chatman began banging his head on the iron jail bars, until pepper spray was used to get him to stop.
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