Driver trying to help woman gets hit with flashlight for his troubles

SEBASTIAN — A driver was struck in the head with a flashlight Tuesday, Nov. 3, after trying to take a woman to Sebastian River Medical Center for help, according to authorities.

Frank Martin told a Sebastian Police officer that he picked up 39-year-old Nellie M. King at the Sandrift Motel on US 1 to take her to the hospital. But once they got there, King refused to get out of Martin’s vehicle.  

King then asked Martin to take her to Vero Lake Estates, but when they got to the area of County Road 512 and Roseland Boulevard, she changed her mind and wanted Martin to drive her to Wabasso so she could buy drugs, the report states.

When Martin refused to take King to Wabasso, a struggle ensued over the vehicle’s keys. During the struggle, King grabbed a heavy flashlight and struck Martin in the head, causing a cut and bleeding, according to the report.

Martin then pushed King out of the vehicle and drove off to get medical attention, he told authorities.

The police officer and a deputy from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office found King at her room at the Sandrift Motel and took her into custody.

King, of 7785 129th Place, Sebastian, faces a charge of aggravated battery and is being held at the county jail on $5,000 bond.

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