POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:15am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:19am
Bossier City, LA — Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen says a Shreveport man was arrested late Saturday night for physically abusing his girlfriend, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
Jordan R. Hatten, 25, of the 9000 block of West Wilderness Way, had been drinking alcohol with his live-in girlfriend at a location in Bossier City. They departed that location in Hatten’s vehicle and got into an argument over another girl. The argument got physical, when, according to his girlfriend, Hatten grabbed her by the neck and began to choke her. He also pressed her against the vehicle’s window/door area and then began to slam her into the dash board. She then said he hit her in the mouth and busted her lip.
Hatten continued to drive and soon attempted to pass another vehicle at a rapid speed while traveling on Ward Lane. According to the driver of the other vehicle, Hatten quickly swerved back into his lane as he passed the motorist, crashing into the front of his vehicle, causing moderate damage. Hatten continued driving, but the other driver was able to catch up with Hatten a short time later at a nearby residence where Hatten dropped off his girlfriend. When the other driver confronted Hatten about the crash, he said they could handle the matter amongst themselves and not involve the police. However, the other driver informed Hatten deputies were already en route, so Hatten decided to leave the scene once again. However, Hatten was quickly stopped by Bossier deputies who were nearby in the neighborhood.
When deputies made contact with Hatten around midnight, they observed him to have bloodshot and watery eyes, and his breath and person smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages. He denied consuming any alcohol, although he reeked of alcohol. He tried to explain the odor, saying he had been around a lot of people who had been drinking.
He then performed poorly on the Standard Field Sobriety Test. Hatten consented to a search of his vehicle, and deputies found an open bottle of beer behind the driver’s seat, as well as an open box of antihistamine mediation that had warning labels printed on them against drowsiness, consuming them with alcohol and operating a motor vehicle. Hatten admitted to taking four of them throughout the day.
When questioned about physically abusing his girlfriend, Hatten initially denied hitting her. But when deputies advised him of the marks on her body, he changed his story and admitted to pushing her against the door. Deputies had observed the victim to have redness to her neck area, blood and redness to the left side of face and blood at the top of her left chest area where Hatten slammed her into the dash.
Hatten also initially denied his vehicle was involved in a crash, but when deputies pointed out the large dent in his passenger side of his vehicle and the fresh paint transfer from the other vehicle, he once again changed his story. Throughout the questioning and ultimate arrest, Hatten continued to be uncooperative.
Hatten was charged with DWI – second offense, hit and run, reckless operation, open container and domestic abuse battery (strangulation). He was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking where he refused to provide a breath or urine sample and continued to have a poor attitude. His bond was set at $22,900.
Hatten has a previous DWI arrest on Jan. 1, 2005.