ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Authorities are searching for a Florida man accused of attacking his wife on Interstate 75 and pushing her into the path of an oncoming semi-truck.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 45-year-old James Morgan, of Summerfield, attacked his wife Thursday morning after the pickup truck they were in almost crashed from a tire blowout as they traveled on I-75 in Pasco County, north of Tampa.
Morgan grabbed the steering wheel and almost caused the victim to lose control after the blowout, officials said. She was able to a stop along the shoulder and that’s when an argument between the two began, according to authorities.
Troopers say Morgan pulled her from the driver’s seat by her hair. He headbutted her and punched her several times before pushing her into the path of an oncoming truck on the interstate, according to a trooper’s report.
The truck driver was able to avoid hitting her, the agency said.
Morgan fled into the woods. Officials couldn't find him after a search of the area by troopers and Pasco County Sheriff's deputies.
The Florida Highway Patrol was granted a warrant for Morgan’s arrest for attempted murder and the search for him continues.