Driver punched by pedestrian in Princeton

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PRINCETON, IN (WFIE) - An update on a story we first told you about last night on 14 News at 10:00.

A pedestrian reportedly punched a passenger in a pick up truck around 8:30 Wednesday night in Princeton.

According the police report, Austin Allen was driving around when Allen said a man on the street began yelling at him.

Allen says he turned around and came to a stop sign at the intersection of SR64 and Hart Street.

That's when Allen says the man began punching his passenger, Taylor Slaton, in the face.

The report states that the man still had his hand on Slaton's jacket pocket and one hand on the passenger side window when Allen "freaked out" and stepped on the gas.

The man fell underneath the truck and Allen says he accidentally ran over him.

Allen told police he immediately stopped the truck and Slaton called 911.

Police say Allen passed three field sobriety tests and one at Gibson General Hospital.

The man who was run over was later identified as Steven Ward.  Police say they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from him.

Ward was taken to the hospital.  No word on his condition.

According to police, Slaton said he wants to pursue charges against Ward for battery.

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