A Mary Esther man faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after hitting a married couple with his vehicle during a disturbance last month.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35-year old Christopher Michael Burke of 38 Orlene Road last night on the warrants.
The victims, Rachel and Benjamin Delaney of Mary Esther, say Burke was parked in the driveway at a home on Boulevard De La Parisienne around 3:15 a.m. on October 13th when he got into an argument with Benjamin. Burke is accused of hitting Delaney’s wife Rachel with the driver’s side of the door of his Chevy Suburban, causing her to fall to the ground. Benjamin began striking Burke and pulled him out of the vehicle, but Burke got back in, put the car in drive, and grabbed Rachel Delaney by the hair through the driver’s side window, saying he was going to drag her.
Delaney removed Burke a second time and the vehicle rolled across the street into a neighbor’s driveway. Burke got back inside and pulled forward, running over Benjamin’s leg and Rachel’s torso. Burke then fled the scene.
Benjamin Delaney suffered abrasions to the head and face, a bloody nose and lip, and a broken leg.
Rachel Delaney had severe internal bleeding, a broken hip, bruising, and abrasions.
Burke also had abrasions to the head and face and was missing a tooth.
In addition, OCSO deputies found a blonde hair believed to be from Rachel in the weather seal of the driver’s side door of Burke’s vehicle, as well as a lock of her hair in the roadway.