- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A driver suspected of fleeing a crash that injured seven, including his pregnant wife, has been arrested on felony assault charges.

Matthew Duwayne Weedman, 25, was held Wednesday on five counts of felony assault and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Anchorage police said.

Police took a call on the south Anchorage crash just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Weedman and his wife, police said, were in a Dodge Avenger driving south on C Street. Their car ran a red light and T-boned a northbound SUV turning left onto Dimond Boulevard, police said.

Weedman fled on foot, police said.

Weedman’s wife told police the two had quarreled. As they argued, she said, Weedman said he was going to “kill both of them” and began accelerating and driving erratically.

Responding officers used a search dog to seek the driver of the Avenger but he could not be tracked.

Police obtained an arrest warrant and searched for Weedman throughout the night. Weedman at 3:33 a.m. Wednesday sought medical treatment for his crash injuries at a hospital and was arrested. He was booked at the Anchorage Jail.

The six others in the crash were taken to Anchorage hospitals.

Two children in the SUV, a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old, remain in intensive care, police said. The three other people in the SUV were treated and released.

Weedman’s wife remained in a hospital Wednesday for observation.

Weedman remained jailed Wednesday afternoon.

Online court records did not indicate he was represented by an attorney who could be called for comment.


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