An argument that started at a local hospital escalated into a car chase and a series of assaults and ended with the arrest of a Waco man Tuesday night, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Ladavion Malike Eckles, 18, and a woman started arguing at Providence Medical Center, and hospital security, an off-duty McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputy, told the pair to leave, Swanton said. It is unclear why they were at the hospital.

"As they were leaving and when they got to the parking lot, (Eckles) started punching and kicking her," he said. "The deputy came back out and told them to leave to leave the hospital, which they did."

He said they left in separate cars, and Eckles followed the woman.

"When she got in the area of Lake Air and Cobbs, she noticed he was following her and he began ramming her car with his car," Swanton said. "She said immediately she became very nervous and scared and at one point said she was going 100 mph down Lake Shore Drive trying to get away from him."

She pulled into an apartment complex in the 2500 block of East Lake Shore Drive, and Eckles blocked her in, Swanton said.

"He then got out of his car, began jumping up and down on the hood of her car and putting dents in it," he said.

Eckles pulled the woman out of the car, threw her on the ground and started punching and kicking her and bit her on the back, Swanton said. Eckles ran from the area when neighbors came outside, he said.

Police arrived to investigate, and as they were searching for Eckles, the woman's mother came to pick her up.

"While officers were looking for him, he came back and assaulted (the victim's) mother and then flees again," Swanton said.

As the search resumed, police were notified that Eckles was behind a convenience store near Lake Shore Drive and Gholson Road, Swanton said. Police found him near the store and arrested him without incident, he said.

Eckles was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two Class A misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury. He was also cited with Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

He remained in McLennan County Jail on Wednesday with bond listed at $35,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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