A man has been given 90 days in jail for assaulting his girlfriend at his home and then in his car.
The defendant, Damon Shay Perkins, 40, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of aggravated assault. He was instructed to serve 90 days of a four-year sentence and must undergo batterer intervention classes.
The victim told officers the incident began at Perkins’ home in Rock Island.
“He pulled my hair and hit me in the face multiple times with his fists,” the victim swore before a judicial commissioner in obtaining warrants against Perkins.
The victim went on to say her boyfriend then began to choke her by putting his hands around her throat to the point she was spitting up blood.
“I was unable to breathe and feared I was about to pass out,” the victim said.
Following the initial assault, the victim said they left the residence with Perkins driving at a high rate of speed.
“He lost traction while making turns and at one time slammed on his brakes in an effort to cause me to hit the dash area,” she told the judicial commissioner, noting she had injuries to her face, neck, upper chest and shoulder.