Peoria man charged with aggravated battery in incident that left woman paralyzed

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Peoria man charged with aggravated battery in incident that left woman paralyzed

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    Trisha Davidson, 30, suffered a severe back injury that has left her paralyzed from the chest down after allegedly being pushed from a truck by Jeremy Gleason, 26.

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August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria man faces aggravated battery charges after he allegedly pushed a woman from a moving truck, causing her serious injury.

Jeremy Lee Gleason, 26, appeared in Peoria County court on Thursday where he was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony.

According to a sheriff’s report, Gleason allegedly met with Trisha Davidson, 30, in the early hours of August 2. Gleason allegedly gave Davidson a ride before the two argued over money that Davidson said belonged to her.

Davidson exited the vehicle and stepped up onto the running board on the driver’s side of the truck. Gleason then sped off and pushed Davidson from the truck.

It is unclear if Davidson was run over, but she did suffer a severe back injury and broken vertebra that left her paralyzed from the chest down.

Davidson was taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit. Authorities said she has made little improvement since the incident.

Gleason does have a history of violent behavior. He was on parole and released from prison in April after serving time for a 2011 domestic battery incident. He was also convicted in 2007 for possession of cannabis and in 2005 for residential burglary.

Gleason is being held in the Peoria County Jail on $150,000 bond. He faces up to 2.5 years in prison if convicted.

This next court appearance is scheduled for September 5.