Jonathan Ryan Hughes, 24, of Oxford, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a felony, according to a police report.
Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens said officers received a call just after midnight Monday about an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on Burtram Drive. Police found the 32-year-old victim lying in the grass on the side of the road, Owens said. The man suffered from several broken bones and internal injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. Owens was uncertain of the man’s condition this afternoon.
Hughes and the victim got into an altercation earlier that night at a house on U.S. 78, Owens said. When Hughes left the home, the victim and another man followed in a car. Hughes turned down Burtram Drive, saw it was a dead-end, and turned around, Owens said. While Hughes was driving back up the street, his vehicle struck the victim, Owens said. Owens said there were several witnesses to the accident who told police different stories.
The lieutenant said some witnesses reported the victim jumped out of the vehicle he was in and in front of Hughes’ car. Others said they saw Hughes swerve to purposely hit the man, Owens said.
Hughes was stopped by Oxford police at the intersection of Airport Road and Gatlin Drive, according to the report.
Owens said officers arrested Hughes after he told them he hadn’t stopped to check on the victim.
Hughes was in the Calhoun County Jail this afternoon. Bond is set at $25,000. A court appearance is set for July 7.
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