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IHOP Employee Accused Of Running Over Patron

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A local restaurant employee is charged with trying to kill a man after a dispute over the bill.

30-year-old Kenneth Hale, Junior, is charged with attempted criminal homicide and robbery. Police said it all started when 28-year-old Henry Fletcher and his friend 26-year-old Dearies Holland were leaving the IHOP in Hickory Hollow when Hale confronted them about whether they had paid their bill.

The men argued in the parking lot, then Fletcher and Holland took off in a Dodge Charger Daytona. After that, Hale got into another car and followed the men to a parking lot at the Chimney Top Apartments near the restaurant. The argument continued at the apartment complex and Hale allegedly punched Fletcher in the head, causing Fletcher to fall to the ground.

Holland fled the scene on foot. Hale then allegedly kicked Fletcher in the head, before getting into the victim's Dodge. According to witnesses, Hale used that car to run over Fletcher twice before driving off.

Fletcher was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The victim's Dodge was recovered a short time later on Mountain High Drive.

Hale was a parolee and had convictions in Illinois for possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery. He surrendered himself Sunday afternoon at the South police precinct. He was being held in lieu of a $200,000. bond.

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