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Police: Dispute leads to violence

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A Columbus man was arrested after police said he hit an acquaintance with his car after an argument.

Steven R. Cowan, 51, of 2161 Ohio St., was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a Level 6 felony, and failure to stop after an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony.

The 42-year-old victim, who told police he believed both of his feet were broken, was taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, the two men got into an argument in Cowan’s home, located a block east of Mapleton Street and Ohio Avenue, Harris said.

After Cowan angrily left the house and got into a midsize car, the other man followed him outside and reminded Cowan he has a serious medical condition that makes it dangerous for him to drive, the police spokesman said. A jail booking report lists Cowan’s status as “disabled.”

The man stepped in front of the four-door Pontiac G-6 in an effort to prevent Cowan from driving off, but moments later, the vehicle struck the man, Harris said.

Although Cowan fled from the area, he returned while paramedics were tending to the injured man and was taken into custody, Harris said.

Cowan was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 8:53 p.m. Friday, posted a $750 cash bond and was released less than a half-hour later, a jail spokesman said.

If convicted on both charges, Cowan could be sentenced to serve between 18 months and eight years behind bars and ordered to pay up to $20,000 in fines.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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