Preliminary charges were filed against 37-year-old Dustin Dakins for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, public intoxication, driving as a habitual traffic offender, driving while intoxicated, and battery.
According to authorities, on the night of the accident, Dakins’ mini-van collided head-on with the car of Ina Patterson.
According to police, despite his severe injuries, Dakins fled the scene.
Ina Patterson’s son and passenger, 21-year-old Anthony Patterson chased after Dakins and struggled with him, before Dakins choked him and bit his upper leg, according to police.
After a search of the area, officers discovered Dakins in the parking lot of the nearby Fraternal Order of Police Lodge. They took him to Ball Memorial Hospital, where a surgical procedure was performed on his injured knee.
The Pattersons declined hospital transport.