A Mount Pleasant man attacked the woman driving him home from a bar, then took off in her vehicle when she got out to escape from him, according to court records.
Joseph Davis, 50, is charged with driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, battery, disorderly conduct, driving with a revoked license and his third drunken driving offense for the Saturday incident. He is in custody on a $25,000 cash bond, with a preliminary hearing set for May 19.
Mount Pleasant police were called to Taco Bell, 5620 Washington Ave., for a woman who reported Davis had physically assaulted her while in the parking lot of the restaurant. According to the criminal complaint, the victim said she had been out with Davis, and that she drove him home because he was “very drunk.” During the drive, she told police, they stopped to get food at Taco Bell, and had been having a difficult conversation.
While in the parking lot of the restaurant, she told police Davis began punching her in the face. She said he took her phone away, and that she was able to get out of the car. Then, she said, Davis got into the driver’s seat of her car and left.
Two people witnessed the incident, and told police they heard her being punched and screaming for help.
Police found the woman’s vehicle in the 1100 block of Oakes Road, with Davis passed out and slumped over in the driver’s seat, with the vehicle still running. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital for a blood draw.