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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Man accused of running down bride and groom at Taft Heights wedding reception

  • Fight starts when suspect insults bride, KCSO says
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  • A Taft Heights wedding reception turned violent last week when one of the guests apparently insulted the bride, leading to a confrontation that resulted in the suspect hitting the bride and groom with his vehicle, sending the bride to the hospital on her wedding night.
    The pair suffered minor injuries, and the suspect was arrested a short time later just outside of Bakersfield.
    He now faces attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapons charges
    According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, the incident started when 25-year-old Dustin Little, who was a friend of an invited guest at the wedding, which was being held in a home in the area of the 300 block of D Street just before 7 p.m.
    Senior Deputy Stephen Wells said Little was asked to take his intoxicated friend away from the wedding.
    As he left, Wells said, an argument started between Little and the groom “after Little made insults about the bride.”
    The groom then apparently challenged Little to a fight.
    Little left the reception, got in his car and was driving off when the groom apparently tried to stop him in the street near the intersection of D and 3rd Avenue.
    Further investigation revealed that while the groom was standing in the roadway, Little made a U-turn, drove back towards the groom then swerved and struck the groom and bride.
    The bride was taken to a Bakersfield hospital by ambulance.
    The groom was examined at the scene but declined treatment.
    Their names were not released.
    Little fled the area in his vehicle.
    He was later located by Air 1, the Sheriff's helicopter and was tracked on Highway 119 until deputies made a car stop in the Old River area and arrested Little.
    Little is being held on $530,000 bail and is charged with on count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
    His next court appearance is scheduled for May
    Page 2 of 2 - Little was on probation for a conviction for misdemeanor battery on a police officer from 2012.

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