An Aiken man charged with criminal domestic violence allegedly tried to choke his girlfriend while driving down the road, at which point she jumped from the vehicle and was injured when it rolled over her, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Devin Chandler Bridges, 20, of Two Notch Road, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday.
Police were called to a home on Two Notch Road, where they found the 22-year-old victim screaming and crying inside the home with a laceration above her right eye, as well as bleeding and injuries all over her body. Officers also saw a tire mark on the victim’s leg and road rash all over her body.
The victim told police the argument with her boyfriend started because she had a few drinks while out that night and her boyfriend told her not to drink, the report stated. Bridges told officers he was asleep and was called by the victim to give her a ride. He said he told her not to drink alcohol “because he felt she had a problem.”
Bridges said the two argued after he picked her up because she had been drinking, police said. During the argument, the victim allegedly jumped out of the car while it was traveling about 35 mph. Bridges said she’s threatened to jump from the moving car in the past but hasn’t.
When asked, Bridges said he didn’t choke the victim before she jumped out, and he said he didn’t think he had run her over, police said. The victim said she didn’t want to press charges against Bridges and get him “into trouble.”