Man arrested on suspicion of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 8:52 p.m. CDT; updated 8:24 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a Jefferson City man Sunday night after they say he drunkenly ran his Dodge Ram into another woman's vehicle when she wouldn't pull over for him, the department said in a news release.

John Talbert, 37, was charged with second-degree assault, according to Missouri

The woman told police that she had been driving west on Nifong Boulevard near Bethel Road when Talbert’s white Dodge Ram approached her from behind, the release said. The Dodge sped up and came close to hitting her when she saw Talbert motioning for her to pull over, police said.

When she refused to pull over, Talbert ran his van into her vehicle, police said.

When the woman finally pulled over and called the police, the release said, Talbert also pulled off the road, got out of his Dodge Ram and approached her vehicle.

With her doors locked and windows rolled up, the victim told him she had called the police, and Talbert fled the scene, the release said.

Talbert was arrested on Nifong Boulevard near Santiago Drive.

The Columbia Police Department said that if other drivers are put into this situation, they should lock their doors, call 911 and drive to a safe location, if necessary.

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