A St. Charles man rammed his Ford Ranger pickup into his girlfriend’s car several times Saturday as the woman tried to get away from the man with the couple’s one-year-old son, St. Charles Police said.
He then got out of his truck and began punching the driver’s window in attempt to get into the car, police said.
The woman, who told police she feared for her and her son’s lives, burned her tires backing away from the man, a witness told police. She pulled into an unknown person’s driveway in the 1000 block of Pine Street. She ran up to the door with her son and knocked frantically on the door, and a resident let her in and called police.
Wayne R. Rodrigues, 37, of the 1100 block of Olive in St. Charles, was charged Saturday with second-degree domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree property damage and driving while intoxicated.
St. Charles Police reported that the girlfriend was driving Rodrigues home from Illinois when she told police he became enraged for an unknown reason and began punching the dashboard.
When they arrived at home, Rodrigues got out of the car but the girlfriend and the child stayed inside the car. She told police she feared for her and her child’s safety due to past domestic abuse, so she drove off to find a place to spend the night.
Rodrigues, who was intoxicated according to police, followed her through the area of Randolph, Gallaher and Pine streets. Then he rammed the rear of her 2001 Hyundai. At one point, when she slowed down on Gallaher Street, he passed her on the left, then backed up and rammed the front of her car.
A witness told police Rodrigues was “out of control” as he got out and began punching the driver’s side window. The witness told police the woman appeared to be “scared for her life” as she spun her tires in reverse to get away from Rodrigues.
Police arrested Rodrigues without incident as he sat on his porch on Olive Street. Police said he told them, “She doesn’t even know why I’m mad.”
Rodrigues was being held Monday in the St. Charles County jail. Bail was set at $50,000, cash only.
Police said Rodrigues has been arrested for domestic assault, abuse, violation of a protective order, disorderly conduct and contempt of court.
If you have experienced or know someone who has experienced domestic or sexual violence, find resources through the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) or call the Safe Connections 24-hour crisis hotline at 314-531-2003.