Wife’s foot nearly severed; husband jailed

September 3, 2014
Terry Lee Pratt leaves District Judge Lee Watson’s office on his way to Greene County jail Wednesday. - Tara Kinsell / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CARMICHAELS – A 69-year-old Cumberland Township woman may lose her foot after being run over by a pickup truck driven by her husband during a domestic dispute shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday in Carmichaels.

Rose Pratt was initially taken to Uniontown Hospital by her husband, Terry Lee Pratt, 52, of 104 Mechanic St., Mt. Morris, who is in Greene County jail on a host of charges, including aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rose Pratt was later flown by medical helicopter to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital. Police said her foot was almost completely severed and may require amputation. She lost several toes and suffered lacerations to her elbow and arm as a result of the incident.

An unnamed eyewitness told Cumberland Township police he saw a man driving a Dodge truck in the area of PNC Bank on West George Street when a woman passenger got out of the truck during an argument.

The witness told police the woman began to walk toward Cumberland Village when the driver of the truck sped up as if to frighten her. According to the witness, the couple – Rose on foot and Terry appearing “extremely intoxicated” behind the wheel – continued to argue on their way toward Cumberland Village.

Police said the witness saw Rose Pratt go underneath the truck and then saw Terry Pratt get out, retrieve his wife and her belongings and drive away.

During his preliminary arraignment before District Judge Lee Watson, Pratt admitted he drove Rose Pratt to Uniontown Hospital, where Terry Pratt agreed to drug and alcohol tests. Results of those tests are not known, but he allegedly admitted being under the influence of alcohol while driving his truck.

Pratt is being held on $75,000 straight cash bond. He also is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, accident involving serious bodily injury or death, recklessly endangering another person, tampering or fabricating physical evidence, two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of reckless driving.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Watson.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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