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Early-morning fight ends in hit-and-run

A domestic squabble ended in vehicular assault early Saturday morning when a 27-year-old Port Orchard woman mowed down her long-term boyfriend following an argument in the parking lot of the Olney Albertson’s in Port Orchard.

According to police reports, the woman was seen in a heated dispute with her 26-year-old companion shortly before 2 a.m. She then got into her car and allegedly struck the man hard enough to propel him over the hood of the car. The woman then drove off.

The man, who sustained serious head injuries in the assault, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was released Sunday.

Police contacted the woman a few hours after the attack, but did not arrest her until Monday morning. She was booked for second-degree assault and felony hit-and-run.

The woman still had not been formally charged as of Monday, but police believe she will likely be charged with at least one crime.

“We actually have a video,” said Port Orchard Police Sgt. Mark Duncan. “It shows him being run over.”

Duncan said the case is still under investigation — the preliminary interview with the victim was not as helpful as police hoped, but Duncan pointed out the man was likely under heavy anesthetic when he talked to the officers.

Police are also looking into any possible drug or alcohol involvement. Duncan said there was no clear evidence of drug or alcohol yet, but said the time and place of the crime — 2 a.m. on a Saturday, in the parking lot of a grocery store — indicates the likelihood of substance involvement.

“You could imply that,” Duncan said.

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