Rock Hill man assaults girlfriend after she flattens truck tires

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 29, 2013 

— After his live-in girlfriend flattened the tires of their truck to stop him from driving while drunk, an intoxicated Rock Hill man pushed her to the ground and “beat her in the street” before being arrest on Saturday, police say.

Police were called to Steele Street, a half-mile away from Spencer Park, at about 1:15 a.m. when a bystander called police to report a man assaulting a woman and then leaving the area, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Police canvassed the area before encountering a woman, 38, who told police that her boyfriend, 41-year-old Lee Brian Baker, hit her, knocked her down and “beat her in the street,” the report states.

The woman told officers she and Baker were arguing before she flattened the tires of their truck so he could not leave, the report states. She told police they both had been drinking and she did not want him to drive while drunk.

That’s when Baker attacked her, leaving her with a busted top lip, a cut in her finger and pain in her torso, the report states. She told police that Baker had never harmed her in the past.

Once learning that Baker has family living on a nearby street, police headed that way and found him on the sidewalk drinking a beer. He still managed to drive his truck, police reported. Police arrested Baker, charging him with criminal domestic violence and driving under suspension. He also faces an open container charge.

He was released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

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