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Vehicular assault leads to felony arrest of local man

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A Hot Springs man was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant for allegedly running over another man with his car in July and then attacking him again.

Chris Alan Oaks, 46, of 310 Mississippi St., was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 1:30 p.m. and charged with first-degree battery, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

He was being held on $10,000 bond and appeared Wednesday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on July 21, shortly after 11:30 a.m., Hot Springs police responded to the area of East Grand Avenue and Spring Street regarding a person hit by a vehicle. They made contact with the male victim, who had numerous visible injuries.

The victim said that a known suspect, identified as Oaks, purposely struck him with his black SUV as he was walking down the sidewalk. He stated his estranged wife was in the vehicle with Oaks when the incident occurred.

After hitting the victim, Oaks allegedly got out and began trying to punch him. His estranged wife was able to get Oaks away from him and back into the vehicle and they left the scene.

Officers reportedly spoke to three witnesses who all corroborated the victim's statement. They were all reportedly in the area and stated they saw a black SUV purposely leave the roadway and strike the victim.

The victim was transported by LifeNet to a local hospital for treatment. He was interviewed by detectives on Sept. 5 and reportedly sustained two fractured vertebrae, fractured ribs, numerous contusions to his left arm and the left side of his body, a cut that required stitches and had "road rash" all over his body from being struck.

On Sept. 6, the victim's estranged wife was interviewed and reportedly confirmed she was riding to the store with Oaks when they saw the victim walking along the road. She said the victim "yelled something" as they passed and Oaks "made a U-turn and purposely ran (the victim) over." She said he then got out and began trying to punch him.

A warrant for Oaks' arrest was issued on Sept. 26.

Local on 10/11/2018

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