Police: Man dragged by vehicle; woman faces assault charges

A Franklin woman is facing charges after being accused of dragging a man with her vehicle in a parking lot in Sugarcreek Borough.

On Saturday, at about 6:45 p.m., Franklin state police were called to the plaza where A & C Buffet is located on Allegheny Boulevard for a report of a man and woman who had been arguing, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

Witnesses said the woman, later identified as 59-year-old Jody Matthews, got into her vehicle and started the engine, the complaint said.

When then man attempted to get into the vehicle, Matthews abruptly shifted the vehicle into drive and began driving, dragging the man by the vehicle in such a way that if he had let go, he would have been run over, the complaint said.

After dragging the man about 50 feet, Matthews stopped the vehicle and both went back into the restaurant, the complaint said.

When questioned by police, Matthews said the man had been “mean” to her and called her names and she admitted to dragging him with her vehicle, the complaint said.

The man told police that he and Matthews were in a relationship and had had an argument, the complaint said.

When asked if he had been afraid that he would be seriously injured by being dragged by the vehicle, the man said yes, “who wouldn’t?” the complaint said.

Matthews has been charged with a felony count of aggravated assault as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Matthews was arraigned Saturday before District Judge Andrew Fish.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday before Fish.