A Lake Worth man allegedly tried throwing his child’s mother off an Interstate 95 overpass in West Palm Beach, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers found the woman Saturday evening crying and clutching her baby on the right shoulder of I-95 at Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, an arrest report says.
David Lahens, 30, was taken into custody and faces an aggravated battery charge. Lahens and the woman were arguing in the car about the way Lahens disciplines the child, the woman told police.
Lahens threatened to throw her off an overpass after she asked him to drive her home, the report says. Lahens put the car in park near the right shoulder and the woman tried getting out because she feared for her life, highway patrol says.
Lahens put the car in drive while she was getting out, injuring her leg, investigators say. Lahens then got out of the car and shoved the woman to the ground. He then tried to throw her off the overpass, she told investigators.
The woman started waving down passing drivers for help just before a trooper arrived.
Lahens served time in prison in the past for armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm, court records show. He was released in 2010 after serving a five-year sentence.
Lahens also has an open case in Palm Beach County for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was arrested Feb. 6.
At Lahens’ first appearance in court Sunday morning, a judge set bond at $5,000. He was released on bail later that day.