ARLINGTON — A Wharton man was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault Thursday night in Arlington.

Jeremy Ray Saldana, 42, is accused of trying to cause physical harm to a Sandusky woman by driving his 1995 Ford pickup truck into a parked car in the village, according to a report from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the woman’s statement, she had been sitting in Saldana’s truck and talking for about five minutes, when he began driving the truck at a high rate of speed south on U.S. 68, which is Arlington’s Main Street.

The woman said she attempted to jump from the truck, but Saldana was driving too fast and her foot got caught between the door and the door frame.

Saldana then told her he was going to crash the truck on purpose, and he drove into a parked car along North Main Street in Arlington.

The woman fell out of the truck on impact. She suffered several broken bones, according to the sheriff’s report.

Saldana was cited for refusing an OVI test, a marked lanes violation, driving with expired registration, and reckless operation.

A check of Saldana’s criminal record showed that he has history of drug trafficking and a prior OVI in Florida, according to the sheriff’s report.

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