HPD: Man caught on video hitting girlfriend with pickup truck arrested
HOUSTON — Charges have been filed against a man accused of hitting his 48-year-old girlfriend with a pickup truck after an argument, the Houston Police Department said.
Thomas Vincent Arrington, 54, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a family member.
Investigators said Arrington crashed into the victim on Oct. 9 after the couple got into an argument and she climbed out of the vehicle.
Moments later, the woman was seen crossing a street in the 2400 block of Fulton near the North Loop when Arrington hit her.
Video allegedly shows Arrington driving through a set of speed bumps, making a U-turn and then striking the victim as she walked across a set of railroad tracks. HPD said the man tried to leave, but witness followed him until he returned to check on the victim.
That’s when Arrington told witness’ the victim was her wife and he was taking her to Ben Taub General Hospital, police said. Arrington then reportedly pick up the unconscious woman, put her in his car and then drove off.
At the time, investigators could find no record of the woman arriving at the hospital. Neither could they find a missing persons report or a report regarding a deceased woman being found in the Houston area.
In response, officers notified the public they were searching for Arrington and his older model, turquoise F-150.
Once the suspect was found and taken in for questioning, police said Arrington admitted to his role in the crash and said the victim was his girlfriend.
Officers found the victim, who said she received numerous stitches for a head injury. It was also confirmed Arrington did take the victim to the hospital.