Racine police say a 24-year-old man is facing felony charges after he got into an altercation with a woman and then hit her with his car, dragging her for a number of feet and then fleeing the area.
Derek Claybrook, of Mount Pleasant, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony
According to the criminal complaint, police were called shortly after midnight Feb. 24 for a report of a woman who was injured and in the middle of the street after getting hit by a car. When officers arrived, the woman was complaining of pain to her right ankle and knee as well as her hip, elbows, hands and head. She told them that she and Claybrook had been living together for the past year and had been arguing via phone and text throughout the evening. After Claybrook “trashed her apartment,” he and his new girlfriend sent threatening messages to the woman so she left to go to a friend’s house.
Police say Claybrook came to the friend’s house, and the woman went outside to resolve the situation. Claybrook told her, “I’m going to break your (expletive) face” before putting the car in gear and trying to peel away. Instead, he hit the woman, and the impact flipped her onto the hood of the car. The woman told officers she had to hang on to avoid getting run over. She was dragged approximately 50 feet before Claybrook slammed on the brakes and the woman fell off the car.
Claybrook left the area heading east, the complaint reads. The woman said he had been drinking and smoking pot all day. The woman’s friend corroborated her story.
The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. Claybrook will next be in court March 16 for his preliminary hearing.