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A man who told police he tried to kill himself by stepping on the gas pedal of his car and not stopping until he hit something now faces felony charges.

On Friday, Jeremiah Therkelsen drove his 1995 Honda Accord into the rear of a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on St. Joe Road near Canterbury Drive, badly injuring the driver of the other car, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Therkelsen, 32, attempted to leave the area after the crash and struck a 2002 Ford Escort with his fist, breaking the windshield. He also ripped the driver’s side mirror off that vehicle, according to court documents.

He later told police that he had an argument with his wife and had tried to kill himself twice – the first time by driving her vehicle into the back of the Crown Victoria and then again by trying to jump in front of a moving vehicle, according to court documents.

Lamonta Green, the driver of the Crown Victoria, was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Therkelsen, of the 2600 block of Abbey Drive, faces felony charges of criminal recklessness and failure to stop after an accident and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.