Joseph Riley, 45, was seen by neighbors inside the truck following his son down the street, WEAR-TV reported, citing an arrest report. The witnesses said they called police after they heard screams and saw a vehicle accelerating at high speeds.
The boy ran into a house for help and said his father was trying to run him over, according to the report. The boy, whose age was not revealed, allegedly said he ran away after his father threatened to whip him with a belt when he refused his multiple demands to take a bath.
Riley appeared to be intoxicated and had trouble standing by himself during a police interview, WBBH-TV reported. Riley was charged with domestic violence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held at the Escambia County Jail.