Bremerton woman choked while driving

A 25-year-old Bremerton woman was choked by a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, a friend of her boyfriend, while driving Saturday. Both the boyfriend and the friend were arrested.

A sheriff's deputy arrived to the scene of Central Valley Road and State Highway 303 at 2:17 a.m. and found the woman "visibly shaken" who said she had been choked, went unconscious and urinated in her pants, according to reports from the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. It was "obvious" the woman was intoxicated, according to reports.

The woman said the 33-year-old heavyweight MMA fighter was visiting from California and is a friend of her 33-year-old boyfriend. When she and her boyfriend went to pick the friend up in Seattle earlier in the day, he was intoxicated. The three of them decided to have some drinks in Chico but the friend became rowdy and since the woman said she was "in the best shape" of the three of them, she drove them to her boyfriend's East Bremerton residence.

While driving, the friend became more belligerent and when the woman yelled back at him, he grabbed her by the neck and began choking her, according to reports. She grabbed for a knife that she keeps for self defense but decided not to stab the man. She told the deputy she only remembers pounding on the steering wheel in an attempt to get some oxygen before passing out. Before passing out, she was able to slam the brakes and bring the vehicle to a stop.

When she gained consciousness, she realized she had urinated in her pants and went to a friend's house to change her pants and called 9-1-1. She told her boyfriend to come with her, but he remained with his friend.

Both the boyfriend and the friend denied that an assault occurred. They said the woman was driving recklessly and they wanted to get out of the vehicle. The deputy didn't observe any marks on the woman's neck but did observe the soiled driver's seat and a knife on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Both men were arrested and booked into Kitsap County jail. The friend was arrested for second-degree assault and the boyfriend had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant of his arrest.


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