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Man is accused of beating woman, crashing

A Kinard man is being charged by warrant with felony domestic battery after allegedly attacking his girlfriend, then intentionally causing a wreck. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Eddie Dalton responded to a wreck on the Scotts Ferry cut off road Thursday afternoon just after 2 p.m. Upon arrival, he spoke with a woman who had bruises on her neck and head. She alleged that her boyfriend, Michael Edward Stone, 31, was with her at a friend’s house and had been drinking since 9 a.m. When she decided to leave, she said Stone took her car keys so she began walking toward their residence. She said Stone drove down CR 392 and found her walking, pushed her down, ripped her shirt off, then drug her on the road by her hair. The woman alleged Stone began hitting her repeatedly in the back of her head with his fist. He then reportedly told her if she would get back in the car, he would drive her home. However, when she got in the vehicle, she said he sped off in the opposite direction driving in excess of 100 mph and passed a vehicle on a curve. She alleged he deliberately tried to cause the other vehicle to wreck, then pulled the emergency brake while traveling at 80 mph which caused his own vehicle to crash. The driver of the other car called 911. Stone fled the scene, running off into the woods. The following day, Inv. Steve Mears of the State Attorney’s Office advised he had arrested Stone and taken him into custody at his mother’s home. Upon being interviewed by Major Roman Wood, Stone downplayed his role as aggressor and put the blame on his girlfriend, admitting he was driving, but alleging she pulled the emergency brake that caused the crash.

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