August 3, 2011

Windham woman accused of dragging man with her car

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND — A Windham woman faces several criminal charges after she allegedly dragged a man, who has hanging onto her car, through a restaurant parking lot tonight.

Sgt. John Sutton said the woman, 27-year-old Chaka Coleman, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, driving to endanger, simple assault and obstructing the report of a crime.

Witnesses told police that Coleman got into an argument with a man in the parking lot of Newick’s Lobster House at 200 Gorham Road shortly after 6 p.m. When the man tried to reach inside the vehicle, Coleman drove away, dragging the man several feet.

The victim, a 29-year-old man from Westbrook, had to be transported to Maine Medical Center for treatment of a head injury. Sutton declined to release his name because the investigation is ongoing.

Sutton said Coleman allegedly knocked the cell phone out of the hands of a witness, who tried to call police, which resulted in the obstruction charge. Coleman is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $75,000 cash bail.

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