Fridley man charged for hitting girlfriend with car

A Fridley man has been charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly hitting his girlfriend with his car.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Paul police responded to a reported assault on Sunday at approximately 11:25 a.m. on the 1100 block of Barclay in St. Paul.

When officers arrived, a 20-year-old woman told police her boyfriend, Donte Antonio Abrams, 20, became angry after she said she was going to hang out with a friend. In response, Abrams took her phone and got into his car.

The victim followed Abrams, but stopped at nearby mailboxes when she saw him back out of a parking spot.

Abrams then allegedly accelerated his car and swerved into the woman, striking her in the leg, causing her to fall down, the criminal complaint said. Abrams then drove back and threw the phone at her before driving away.

A witness confirmed her story.

The victim was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and a cervical strain.

In an interview with police, Abrams claimed the woman jumped on top his car and that he stopped to see if she was OK before driving off.

If convicted, Abrams faces up to seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.