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Police: West Memphis man brutally attacks, attempts to kill wife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A West Memphis man is charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say he violently attacked his wife and tried to kill her in a car accident.

The incident happened in Cordova on Rocky Point Road.

Police said early Sunday morning, Steve Perry intentionally drove his PT Cruiser into an old tree to try to kill his wife who was in the car with him.

The crash happened not far from Walter Morris' home.

"I didn't see it, but I heard it," he said.

He said over the last 30 years there have been nearly ten accidents on the curvy road.

"I said, 'Well, there it goes again.' We hear the pop, we say 'Well, there's another one.'"

He was shocked to learn that may not have been the case here and that the man behind the wheel is facing charges of attempted murder.

"That's tragic, that's what that is. Tragic for anyone to do that to a loved one. It's just tragic."

Police said after Perry crashed his car, he dragged his wife out of the vehicle, slammed her head on the pavement several times, and then bit a piece of flesh from her face.

The victim lost a tooth during the beating.

Police said he also dragged his wife while she was trying to get into the car.

Once she managed to get inside, he began beating her.

Morris said he saw first responders carry someone to an ambulance, but at the time couldn't tell who it was.

"They carried one of them in ambulance. I don't know which one it was, and then the other one was laying in the street saying 'please help me, please help, please help me,'" he said.

Perry was charged with attempted first-degree murder and domestic assault.

His bond has been set at $350,000.

The wife is listed as being in critical condition.