After the attack started the woman played dead, hoping to create an opening to flee from Pullums, authorities said. She tried to run outside to escape the attack, but officials said Pullums caught her behind her home and beat her with a metal chair.
“Only when he heard sirens, which turned out to be from a passing ambulance, did he stop his attack on her,” police said.
Pullums loaded the woman into her vehicle and drove her to the emergency room, where he told staff they had been robbed, officials said. He left the hospital in the victim’s vehicle, according to police.
He was arrested a few hours later after deputies in Warren County, Missouri, spotted the victim’s car headed back to Illinois. Police said Pullums was still covered in the victim’s blood when deputies found him.
He was arrested on charges of first-degree domestic violence with serious physical injury.