Good Samaritans who came to woman’s aid struck by vehicle during incident in Center Grove area

A man was arrested after deputies said he hit a man with his vehicle and dragged another man several hundred feet along a Center Grove area road when they tried to break up an argument.

Robert Smith, 23, Indianapolis, was arrested on two charges of battery with a deadly weapon, and one charge of reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident causing injury.

Smith’s wife told police she was driving and that her husband had been following her. She stopped near the intersection of Lavender Lane and Olive Branch Road to call police from her cellphone, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

She told police Smith started banging on her driver’s side window and was trying to pry open the window, the report said.

A resident of a nearby home grabbed Smith to stop him from getting into the car. Another driver who was passing by stopped and called 911, the report said.

Both men tried to keep Smith from getting into his vehicle, but couldn’t, the report said.

Smith got into his car and drove away, narrowly missing hitting his wife. He struck both men who stopped to help, dragging one of them a couple hundred feet after the man had attempted to reach through the window and turn off the ignition, the report said.

The man who was dragged was treated at the scene, the report said.

Other witnesses told police that Smith was driving erratically and a business near Olive Branch Road and State Road 37 called and said a vehicle matching the description of Smith’s drove into a ditch and lost a bumper, the report said.

Officers later found Smith asleep at his Indianapolis apartment.

Smith, of 4945 Edinborough Lane, was arrested and taken to Johnson County jail, where he was held on $9,600 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.