WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man has been charged with a felony count of domestic assault strangulation, stemming from an altercation that took place early Sunday morning.
Christopher Earl Crowe Coleman, 24, was arrested Sunday after authorities were dispatched to investigate a domestic assault in which he allegedly choked the victim while in a vehicle after they left a bar and later at their home. Officers noted marks on the victim's neck, which she said were from Coleman choking her.
She told authorities she did not wish to press charges and said when they argue, she tends to yell. She said he doesn't like it because he does not want people to hear or police to come, so he choked her.
When Coleman was located, he declined to give a statement, but later said the victim pushed him and hit him that night and verbally abuses him.
During a court appearance Tuesday, Coleman admitted to making bad decisions while drinking.
"I know I messed up, sir," he told Judge Jeffrey Flynn. "I'm in a deep situation here ... like I hit rock bottom."
Flynn set the amount at $10,000, with conditions of release that include no alcohol or drugs and no contact with the victim, even though Nobles County Deputy Attorney Kathy Kusz said the victim wants contact with Coleman and said she is not afraid of him.
Coleman also faces two probation violation charges. The first is from a first-degree criminal damage to property conviction from January 2007, and the second from a driving while impaired conviction in January 2006. He is accused of failing to submit to random testing and failing to abstain.
Coleman denied both probation violations, and dates will be set for probation revocation hearings, which will be separate from court procedures on the current charges of strangulation, domestic assault and disorderly conduct.