A Conway man remains behind bars in the county jail after allegedly hitting his wife in the head several times before striking her with his car over the weekend.
According to a felony probable cause affidavit filed Monday against James Alvin Connor, the 35-year-old is accused of hitting his wife in the head and then backing into her with his car in front of the couple's 10-year-old son.
The man's wife told police that she and her husband were arguing about his drinking habits when Connor began acting aggressive. The woman was standing on the porch by the front door of their Oakwood Village Trailer Park home when Connor allegedly walked inside and spilled his drink on his wife.
In her statement, the woman recalled seeing James ball up his fist while he was speaking to her, so she asked if he was going to hit her. Once he spilled his drink on her, Connor "pushed her to the corner of the porch until she sat in a chair on the porch."
From there, the 35-year-old proceeded to punch his wife "in the side of the head, five to seven times," according to the affidavit.
Immediately after hitting his wife, Connor got in his vehicle to leave and told his 10-year-old son to get int he vehicle with him too, the affidavit states.
The couple's son refused to get in the vehicle with his father demanded him to get inside because "he knew that it would be unsafe for him."
Connor's wife stood behind the vehicle to keep him from leaving. However, the 35-year-old continued backing up anyway, "causing her to land on the trunk lid."
According to the affidavit, the woman recorded the incident on her phone.
"In the video, I could see that the vehicle stopped and then continued backwards with [the man's wife] on the vehicle," the affidavit reads in part.
Police began searching for the suspect but were unable to locate him until the next day when they returned to the home for a follow-up with the man's wife.
Online records show Connor was booked into the county jail at 5:09 p.m. Sunday.
The 35-year-old, who was charged with one count of aggravated assault on a family or household member, appeared Monday afternoon via video conference before District Judge David L. Reynolds.
During the brief, first-appearance hearing, Connor claimed he was innocent.
"No family member was assaulted," he said in retaliation to hearing the charge filed against him. Connor also learned Monday that prosecutors opted to charge him as an upper-habitual offender, meaning he has previously been convicted of four or more felonies.
Deputy prosecutor Cody Arnold requested a $50,000 bond be issued against the Conway man, "due to the allegations of him hitting someone with his car."
Reynolds approved the bond request and ordered the 35-year-old to appear next at 9 a.m. May 28 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him.