Mass. man accused of forklift assault after spat

May 31, 2011 - 8:59 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts say a man is facing assault charges after he used a forklift to pick up his girlfriend's car with her inside and carried the vehicle for several feet before dropping it.

Springfield police say Brian Hurley is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Hurley and his girlfriend argued over money as she drove him to work at a warehouse on Saturday morning.

She told police Hurley slapped her, got out of the car and kicked it, then got in the forklift.

He fled the scene but was found at his home several hours later. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.