A New Madrid County man is facing felony assault charges following an alleged dine-and-dash incident that escalated over the weekend in Mississippi County. 68-year old Joseph D. Hunter, of New Madrid is charged with felony first-degree assault, felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in physical injury, felony endangering an officer by knowingly causing contact with bodily fluids and misdemeanor stealing. Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson says that on Saturday evening, employees at a rural Mississippi County restaurant reported a customer had left without paying after running up a large bill. Hunter had allegedly used his vehicle as he fled the scene to run over the business owner. A deputy provided medical assistance. Hunter was located a short time later by the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office and transported to Mississippi County. During intake at the Mississippi County Detention Center, Hunter reportedly exposed an officer to bodily fluids by slapping the officer in the chest with a bloody towel. He was released Sunday evening after posting a $50,000 cash bond.