A Franklin man was arrested after deputies said he struck one of his passengers while driving and pulled her by the hair to keep her from leaving the van.
Jimmy Hendricks, 22, of Franklin, was arrested on charges of domestic battery, theft and interference with reporting a crime.
Hendricks was arguing with a woman in the front passenger seat while he was driving on U.S. 31 south of Whiteland about 2 p.m. Sunday, a police report said. During the argument, Hendricks poured soda on the woman while screaming at her and hit her in the eye with a plastic bottle, causing a cut, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.
When Hendricks stopped the car in a restaurant parking lot along U.S. 31 in Franklin, the woman attempted to leave the vehicle, but he grabbed her hair and pulled her back in. The woman eventually freed herself and ran to a group of men nearby asking for one of them to call 911, the report said.
Hendricks drove off with another woman and two young children in the van, the report said.
Hendricks left the woman who had remained in the vehicle at a gas station in Bargersville near the intersection of State Road 135 and County Road 144, the report said.
The two women told deputies that Hendricks had taken their phones, the report said.
Bargersville police found Hendricks in the parking lot of a Bargersville store, the report said.
Hendricks, 750 Johnson Ave., was arrested and taken to Johnson County jail where he was held on $6,400 bond.