Man, 70, charged with assault after woman struck by car

A 70-year-old Tuskegee, Ala. man faces two counts of aggravated assault after a woman's legs were struck twice Tuesday by the man's vehicle before he fled on Victory Drive, Columbus police said.

David Austin was being held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 2 p.m. hearing today in Recorder's Court. He also is charged with two counts of improper backing, aggressive driving, failure to maintain lane and pointing a pistol at another.

Police said Austin was traveling west on Victory Drive in a 2004 Impala when he changed lane about 3 p.m. and struck another vehicle near Marathon Drive. Daniel Papas, the victim in the other vehicle, tried to stop Austin but he refused until he reached Fourth Street and Veterans Parkway.

Georgette Napier, a Phenix City witness to the incident, said she left her vehicle and yelled at the man to stop. Police said Austin drove his car forward, striking Napier in the legs with his front bumper. After yelling at the man again, Napier told police she was struck a second time in the legs.

As Papas pulled up behind Austin's vehicle, he said the man's car backed into his vehicle and rammed it two times. The driver pulled a pistol and pointed it at Papas before he drew his own gun. Austin then fled but was taken into custody near the area.

Napier sustained abrasions and mild bruises to her legs from the car's bumper.