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Charges in Ramming of Expectant Mother

(La Porte County, IN) - A La Porte County man allegedly injured a pregnant woman by intentionally ramming into her vehicle. 


45-year-old Scott Dobrodt is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with Level 5 felony battery. According to court documents, he was upset with his stepdaughter and boyfriend for tearing up his yard with their vehicle. They were pulling into his driveway Tuesday when Dobrodt, already behind the wheel of his pick-up truck, allegedly hit the gas and struck their car head-on.


Police said his stepdaughter is six months pregnant and had trouble breathing after the collision. She also complained of pain in her chest and had a cut on her hand, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. No serious injuries were detected to her unborn child.


Dobrodt admitted to striking the vehicle because of them doing burnouts in his yard in the 6600 block of West 300 North, police said.  The charges carry anywhere from a 2 to 12-year sentence.

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