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Man arrested after dragging wife alongside car



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WEST VALLEY -- A man is facing felony charges for pushing his wife out of a moving car in West Valley. Police say the couple was fighting while they were driving, and the woman had had enough.

"She decides she was going to get out of the car and leave. She gets out of the car, and he follows her. Then, she changes her mind and decides she's going to get back in the car but she tries to go to the driver's side," explained West Valley police Lt. Dalen Taylor.

However, Rafael Bernal got to that spot first. Taylor said the couple kept fighting for control of the driver's seat when Bernal started driving off with his wife stuck in the doorway.

"She ended up getting dragged for a little ways and was able to break free, and he takes off," Taylor said.

Officers told The Deseret News that Bernal went on to work and continued his day as normal, that was until they showed up to arrest him.

Bernal's wife was taken to the hospital in fair condition. Since she was dragged by the car, Taylor said the charges against Bernal have been bumped up from a simple assault to an aggravated assault.

E-mail: pnelson@ksl.com

Paul Nelson

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