Four people were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one man was arrested Tuesday after a domestic dispute resulted in a traffic crash.
Derrick Hemphill, 47, of the 1800 block of Loyola Street, Pensacola, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of resisting an officer.
The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North Ninth Avenue and Airport Boulevard.
According to police reports, Hemphill’s 2008 Ford Fusion intentionally rammed a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV in which the victims were riding as they traveled south on Ninth Avenue toward Airport Boulevard. When the victims’ vehicle turned east onto Airport Boulevard, Hemphill’s vehicle rammed them again, which caused the Mitsubishi to flip and roll multiple times before coming to rest in the Krystal’s parking lot.
Hemphill then fled northbound on Ninth Avenue in his vehicle; police found him near Spink Lane and Ninth Avenue. The suspect then fled on foot toward Schwab Drive. He was found hiding underneath a house at Schwab Drive and Langley Avenue.
The suspect and a 48-year-old female in the Mitsubishi are parents of two children – ages seven and ten – who were injured. The 38-year-old female driver of the Mitsubishi and the 48-year-old female also were injured.
Hemphill was not injured in the incident.