Woman pleads not guilty to running over man after dragging his girlfriend by hair


A Texarkana woman pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday in a Bowie County court.

Michelle Purvis, 35, was in court for arraignment Monday at a hearing before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek Jr. Texarkana lawyer Jeff Bell entered a not guilty plea to a single charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

The second degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Purvis got angry during an April 20 conversation with a woman who was living with her child’s father. Purvis, who was sitting in her car, reached out of the window and grabbed the woman by her hair as she accelerated, dragging the woman down Milam Street in Texarkana, Texas.

The woman’s boyfriend, Julian Clagg, saw what was happening and ran behind the car. Purvis allegedly released her grip on Clagg’s girlfriend’s hair and put the car in reverse, backing over Clagg and fracturing his skull before driving away.

Purvis was arrested later the same day but is now free on bond. She is set to return to court next month for a pretrial hearing before Pesek.

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