Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Michael Wilson was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of assault, child abuse, disorderly conduct, and two counts of endangerment.
By Jon Johnson
FORT THOMAS – A woman brazenly battled against becoming another highway fatality statistic Saturday night as she fought against a drunken passenger who allegedly attempted to steer the vehicle into oncoming traffic.
The woman ended up in the hospital after being assaulted, but she and her child survived the ordeal.
What should have been a joyous occasion, turned to horror on the highway and ended with a suspect, Michael Wilson, 34, booked into jail on charges of assault, child abuse, disorderly conduct, and two counts of endangerment.
According to the victim’s statements to police, she and her boyfriend were at a friend’s wedding but left early when Wilson became agitated after consuming alcohol.
While westbound on U.S. Highway 70, the victim said Wilson grabbed the steering wheel and turned the truck she was driving into oncoming traffic.
The victim swerved back into the proper lane and managed to pull over to the side of the road. At that point, she said Wilson grabbed her cell phone, threw it out the window, and told her to get it. After the victim said she wouldn’t get out of the car because her infant was in the back seat, Wilson reportedly got out of the truck and retrieved the cell phone.
Wilson then allegedly approached the driver’s side window but the victim had locked the doors. She said Wilson then broke the window by punching it with his fist and forced her into the passenger seat by pushing on her chest. Wilson then got into the driver’s seat and began to drive the truck with the victim lying on broken glass.
A short while later, the victim said she positioned herself upright and located her cell phone on the truck’s floorboard. She noticed Wilson had pulled into the parking lot of Meg’s Place in Fort Thomas. However, as she began to call for help she said Wilson grabbed her by her chin and pulled her toward him as she was calling a friend for help. She said Wilson tried to take the phone and told her not to call anyone because most of the blood on the vehicle was his.
Her call to a friend went through, however, and the friend called 9-1-1. A Pima officer was closest to the scene and arrived just after the victim’s friend and three other males arrived. Wilson was separated and taken into custody, while the victim was treated at the scene by Fort Thomas Fire EMS. She later went by private vehicle to the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
Wilson was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on the above-listed charges.