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Dumas Charged With Beating Pregnant Girlfriend

May 2, 1996 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ Tony Dumas of the Dallas Mavericks allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the torso last week, forcing her to leap from a car after it had slowed to a crawl on the highway.

``She was just trying to get away from him,″ detective William Everett said.

Dumas allegedly dragged her on her knees back into the car. Georgia Foy, 25, later called police and sought medical attention for a black eye, cuts and scrapes. She is four months pregnant.

Police said an arrest warrant is expected to be issued this week. Dumas faces a Class A misdemeanor assault charge. The charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Earlier this year, Dumas was charged for filing a false police report.

In this latest incident, police say the 23-year-old guard was driving on Interstate 635 in North Dallas about 4 a.m. last Friday when he and Foy began arguing.

Dumas is accused of repeatedly hitting her in the face with the back of his hand and punching her. Foy then dived from the car, hitting her head on the ground, police said.

Mavericks spokesman Kevin Sullivan said the team had no comment, and player personnel director Keith Grant is trying to find out precisely what happened.

Police records show Foy has filed no previous complaints against Dumas.

Dumas’ lawyer, Danny Garner, said he has spoken briefly to his client.

``I hope we can get this thing resolved without any further legal action,″ he said.

On Jan. 14, Dumas was arrested and charged with falsely reporting to police that his car had been stolen.

Police say he filed the report as a cover for fleeing the scene of an accident earlier that night. The false report charge against him is pending.

Dumas was a first-round draft pick of the Mavericks in 1994 after leaving Missouri-Kansas City.

Dumas’ lack of consistency kept him from more playing time this season. He played in 67 games, averaging 11.6 points.