An Arkansas State Trooper who was checking on a vehicle in a ditch Sunday afternoon found a woman who had been injured and arrested her boyfriend, who allegedly kicked and stomped her.
Dominique Devine, 23, who is on parole, was taken into custody by Trooper Dustin Thompson, according to a probable-cause affidavit from State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard that was presented in court Monday.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Thompson stopped to check a vehicle off the roadway on Interstate 530 near the 31-mile marker when he found the woman and a small child.
Bullard said in the affidavit that a motorist had stopped to help the woman and reported seeing a man later identified as Devine holding the woman on the ground and stomping and kicking her in the face. Devine left when the motorist stopped to help and was arrested later.
The alleged victim said she and Devine had argued in the car and he jerked the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and crash into a wooded area.
Kizer said the alleged victim was taken to a Little Rock hospital for treatment of her injuries, and was still there Monday.
The child was released to the alleged victim’s mother.
Bullard said in the affidavit that when he interviewed Devine, Devine said the woman had been driving the car and lost control when the two of them argued. Devine also aid the alleged victim slapped and pushed him, according to the affidavit.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Devine, who was also served with a warrant for allegedly violating conditions of his parole, after Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.
Devine also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.
Although Bridgforth set a bond on the domestic battery allegation, Devine will be held at the adult detention center without bond on the alleged parole violation, pending a hearing.