Suspect arrested after crashing truck, jumping into river - WKRN News 2

Assault suspect arrested after crashing truck, jumping into river

Posted: Updated: Oct 17, 2012 1:42 PM CDT
Christopher Dixon, 29, faces charges of evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, domestic assault and DUI. Christopher Dixon, 29, faces charges of evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, domestic assault and DUI.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A man was arrested after he allegedly beat up a woman, crashed his vehicle and jumped into the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.

A witness called Metro police around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after he observed a man later identified as Christopher Dixon slap a woman in the face in the area of 3rd Avenue North and Church Street.

According to police affidavits, Dixon, 29, made the victim get into his truck by pulling her hair and pushing her face and then drove away.

A short distance away, Dixon wrecked his truck near the Woodland Street Bridge.

As officers arrived on the scene, Dixon fled and jumped into the Cumberland River.

He swam across the river in an attempt to get away but was apprehended by awaiting officers on the other side.

The victim told police she and Dixon were "at the bar" and had been drinking earlier in the evening.

The odor of alcohol was present about Dixon's person.  He also had slurred speech, police said.

Both Dixon and the victim were taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Dixon faces charges of evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, domestic assault and DUI.

Police said he has two prior DUI convictions.

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