Refusal to go get meth results in battery charge

JACKSON TWP. — A woman told police that a man assaulted her while she was driving when she refused to take him to get methamphetamine.

As a result, she crashed the vehicle into a group of trees, a police report says.

The woman told police March 13 that her passenger, Dustin Poling, 29, struck her in the face, pulled her seat belt as tight as he could and pushed his fist on a prior injury behind her ear, according to a probable cause affidavit by Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Magner.

Poling screamed at her to continue driving, the report said.

She told police that when she called 911 after the crash, Poling told her to say it was an accident and her injuries were from hitting the steering wheel.

According to the affidavit, Poling admitted he had used a controlled substance the morning before the incident.

Last September, Poling was arrested for domestic battery after he put the same victim in a headlock and took her down to the floor. That case is pending, the police report said.

He was charged March 14 with domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a Level 6 felony.