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Drunk Driver in Kentucky Took Two Shots, Ran Over His Ex-Girlfriend While She Held Their Infant: Arrest Report

Kentucky Man Accused of Hitting Ex With Car While She Held Their Child
Source: Lexington Metro Police Department; Mega

James Tripplett told police he allegedly did 2 shots in his car during the incident, officials said.

Feb. 21 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A man in Kentucky has been arrested after police allege he ran over his ex-girlfriend while she was holding their 1-year-old child.

On Feb. 17, James Tripplett, 28, was behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry in the Bluegrass Extended Stay parking lot in Lexington when he ran over the victim’s left leg while she was holding the child, according to the arrest report obtained by WLEX.

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Officers said Tripplett struck the victim and then drove towards the victim’s mother, also striking her.

According to authorities, Tripplett fled the scene before police arrived, but he returned while officers were still investigating the scene where the incident occurred.

Tripplett's breath smelled of alcohol and there was an open liquor bottle in the front seat of his car, the arrest report claims.

The victim told police that Tripplett allegedly struck her in the face and strangled her before running over her and attempting to hit her mother.

Tripplett allegedly admitted to taking two shots of alcohol while sitting in his vehicle during the incident, according to the report.

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Tripplett was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, first-degree strangulation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, authorities said.

He was booked into jail on a $50,000 bond.


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