Dallas doctor accused over smoking near car

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas physician is accused of trying to run over someone he allegedly saw smoking near his car.

Police say 54-year-old Dr. Jeffrey Reed Thompson faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Friday's incident began in a medical office parking garage.

The 48-year-old smoker, Donald Zuelly of Rowlett, told police that Thompson told him he couldn't smoke in the garage, yanked the cigarette from his mouth, threw it down and stepped on it. Police say Zuelly told the doctor not to touch him and threw down a soft drink can. Some liquid splashed onto the doctor's pants.

Zuelly says Thompson then hopped into his car and drove at him. Zuelly scraped his arm trying to flee.

Thompson, who's free on $5,000 bond, did not immediately comment.

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