VALPARAISO, Ind. (STWM) – A rural Valparaiso man is accused of breaking his wife’s nose, then stealing her car while she was in the emergency room. Terrance Anderson then reportedly got into a crash and fled the scene.

Police have asked prosecutors for a warrant to arrest Anderson, 35, on one felony charge of driving despite being a habitual traffic offender and three misdemeanors — domestic battery, leaving the scene of a crash and possession of marijuana.

Police were notified about 8 p.m. Tuesday of a reckless driver in a Jeep in the area of Indiana 294 and Interstate 94, just before what appeared to be the same vehicle — now traveling south on Indiana 149 — sideswiped a northbound Mazda MX-3 driven by Pamela Strickland, 44, of Chesterton. Both vehicles were damaged.

The driver abandoned the Jeep Grand Cherokee at County Roads 550N and 250W, according to the police report, and a witness saw a man running away from the vehicle. Evidence left in the vehicle indicated Anderson, the husband of the vehicle’s owner, had been driving.

Meanwhile, police had responded to a woman — later determined to be Anderson’s 35-year-old wife — reporting that her Jeep was stolen from the area of Monroe and Garfield in Valparaiso. She had parked there while being treated at Porter hospital for a broken nose.

Initially she reported she got hurt in a trampoline accident, but she eventually said it happened during an altercation with Anderson around 4:45 p.m. She drove herself to the hospital and said she did not know what he did or where he went, but the vehicle was gone when she came out.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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