Police state that James Joseph Platte Jr., 29, assaulted his girlfriend on Sunday. Then he forced her to get in her car, and with him driving they took off. Police also state that Platte intentionally rammed a tree with the vehicle, allegedly in an attempt at a murder suicide.
After the wreck some witnesses state they heard Platte threaten his girlfriend before he fled on foot prior to emergency services arriving. The girlfriend was taken to the hospital. One article says she was treated and released and the other says that she is in critical condition.
Police then acting on a tip Tues. morning located Platte and placed him under arrest. He could be charged with attempted murder and kidnapping.
Platte does have a prior criminal record of driving on a suspended license, assault, drug possession, larceny, and safe burglary.
Attempted murder charges were dropped against James Joseph Platte Jr. Law enforcement says that is pending some DNA testing as Platte has denied that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. Platte was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to 15 years. As of 07/07 Platte was also charged with aggravated assault for an alleged assault on a cellmate in the jail.