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One man runs over another during fight

ASHLAND — A man suffered leg injuries Monday when he was run over by a vehicle during a fight with another man in an Ashland park, and both now face criminal charges from it, police said.

Michael Nixon suffered a fractured left ankle and ligament damage when he was run over by a sport utility vehicle driven by Daniel Werthaiser-Kent as he allegedly fled the scene of a 9:30 a.m. altercation involving a woman at Clay Street Park, according to the Ashland Police Department.

The incident began when Nixon discovered Werthaiser-Kent in the parked SUV with a woman police described as Nixon's wife. Nixon allegedly threw a 20-ounce hammer through the vehicle's rear window and then began to hit the driver's side door with an ax handle, police said.

That's when Werthaiser-Kent drove the SUV in reverse, running over Nixon's leg and fleeing the scene with the woman, leaving Nixon incapacitated, police said.

Werthaiser-Kent was later found by police at an undisclosed location and arrested on a charge of hit-and-run driving that resulted in an injury, police said.

He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail, where he was being held Monday night on $10,000 bail.

Police said Nixon, whose age and address were unavailable, was taken to the Ashland Community Hospital for treatment. He was not listed Monday afternoon as a patient there, a hospital nursing supervisor said.

Police said Nixon also was arrested or cited for his role in the incident but did not list the pending charges Monday.

Nixon was not listed Monday as a county jail inmate in Medford.