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Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:00 am

Girlfriend charged with hitting man with van after fight

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The on-again, off-again boyfriend only remembers exchanging punches in his attacker's 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

He got out of the van about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and ran off. The next thing he remembers is waking up in an ambulance.

Police said his girlfriend, Gwendolyn A. Young, struck him with the van.

Young, 40, was charged this week with criminal recklessness, drunken driving and other offenses.

At the crash scene on Harmar Street just north of East Wayne Street, police determined the man had scrapes, swelling and bleeding on his forehead and his face and was having difficulty breathing. 

At a hospital, police were told the man had fractured right ribs, a partially collapsed lung, a broken bone in his throat and scrapes to his knees.

When Young, of the 4500 block of South Monroe Street, called police to report the incident, she said the victim was her boyfriend, that she had been “hit first” and that it was “a long story.”

At the scene, officers noticed the tire-tread depressions in the grass, that the van had front-end damage and had hit a utility pole. The victim was lying in the grassy area directly in front of the pole and van.

A police officer said Young's eyes were watery and that she was swaying. There was a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. Her blood-alcohol level tested at 0.133 percent when 0.08 percent is the legal limit, court documents said.

Young told police that when the two were inside the van, they got into a verbal argument that resulted in the victim punching her several times. She said she pulled over and he got out of the van and walked away. Young said she drove off and didn't mean to hit him when she did so.

The victim told police Young punched him about five times in the face causing his nose to bleed.

A records check showed the victim had no prior battery conviction, court documents said. Records also showed there was no protective order on file between Young and the victim.

Police noted, however, there was a history of domestic violence between the two.

Young was charged with two counts of causing serious injury while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, operating a vehicle after being judged a habitual traffic offender and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon. She was also charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

She was being held in lieu of $15,750 bail at the Allen County Jail.