Argument among coworkers results in arrest

A Mississippi man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly struck a coworker with a wooden beam. 

Lincoln Parish deputies responded to a Belton Road residence late Saturday evening regarding a battery that has just occurred. The complainant stated one of his employees, Jeffrey Bridges, 31, and hit him several times over the head with a thick wooden beam. 

The victim had a welt on his forehead and a cut on his left forearm. The victim stated Bridges had been receiving constant texts from a girlfriend and as foreman of the work crew, he told Bridges it had to stop.

An argument ensued and Bridges picked up the beam and hit him several times until it broke. Another person in the residence confirmed the victim’s statement. They were all part of a crew living at the residence while working in the area. 

Bridges stated the alleged victim forced him into a corner and he felt threatened and that was why he grabbed the beam and struck the foreman.

Bridges was arrested and informed of the charge. He began vomiting and Ruston Ambulance Service transported him to the emergency room for evaluation. After he was cleared from the hospital, Bridges was booked at the Lincoln Parish detention Center for aggravated battery.

Bail was set at $5,000.

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