It’s not every day that someone uses a vehicle as a weapon, but on Tuesday, that’s exactly what authorities said a Stephenville man did.

Billy Phelps, 26, told police he was walking down the street when an acquaintance drove up in a Chevrolet pickup and tried to start a fight, Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell said.

“Apparently the two men know each other, but don’t get along,” Halsell said. “They argued and it just escalated.”

Matthew Turner, 18, was behind the wheel of the pickup, and allegedly followed Phelps down the street as he continued walking.

When the men reached the intersection of Lillian and Melissa Streets, Turner allegedly jumped the curb and struck Phelps with the pickup.

“The right, passenger side mirror, struck Phelps in the chest,” Halsell said, “but he refused medical attention.”

Phelps called authorities, and when they arrived, both men were still at the scene, but were not fighting.

Turner was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Erath County Jail and held on a $20,000 bond.

Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.