St. Pete man arrested in truck dragging incident - FOX 13 News

St. Pete man arrested in truck dragging incident

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The man who is accused of dragging a St. Petersburg woman with his truck has been arrested.

He was identified as Michael James Deely on Friday morning. Police say they took him into custody at his home in St. Petersburg.

The 48-year-old is accused of grabbing a woman by the arm and dragging her at the intersection of 4th Avenue South and 4th Street South on April 24.

Police said the 39-year-old woman was stopped at a red light a few blocks away when the light turned green. Deely allegedly pulled around her and sped away. When the pair reached the intersection at 4th, the woman apparently got out of her car, approached Deely's window, and yelled at him.

At that point, Deely is accused of grabbing her arm and speeding off – though he denies that he ever grabbed her arm. The woman suffered serious injuries after she was run over by one of the tires.

Deely told investigators that he had no idea he had run the woman over.

His 2002 Toyota Tacoma has been impounded. He's facing battery charges.

Police say they matched his vehicle through surveillance video in a parking garage downtown, and then obtained swipe card information on him when he paid at the garage.

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