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Car a Weapon in Attempted Murder Case

(LaPorte, IN) - A man allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend with his car multiple times in LaPorte over the weekend.


Miguel Contreras is charged with attempted murder. According to police, Contreras Sunday evening was working the register at Dollar General on J St. His ex-girlfriend approached to pay for her items when Contreras became irate.


She fled the store and was on foot across the street when Contreras allegedly hit her with his car in reverse more than once. She wound up being dragged across the pavement and pinned against a concrete wall.


Police say Contreras then crashed his car into a tree on E St. The woman had a large amount of skin taken off her legs along with extensive bruising and swelling, police said.


Police say the investigation shows they have a child together but hadn’t seen each other in close to a year.


Contreras could face anywhere from 20 to 40 years on the charge filed in LaPorte Circuit Court before Judge Tom Alevizos.

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