Felony charges were filed Tuesday against a 25-year-old Santa Ana man accused of attempting to kill his wife and then leading police on a chase.
Connor Jamison Herrera is charged with attempted murder, corporal injury on a spouse, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, dissuading a witness by force, evading police, reckless driving and resisting arrest, He also faces one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a drunken driving conviction.
Herrera allegedly attacked his wife after coming home from drinking with friends about 2:45 p.m. last Saturday.
Herrera “forcefully grabbed his spouse and was choking her with both hands and tried to shove her out the window,” which would have resulted in an 18-foot fall, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna alleged.
“Fortunately, she was able to get out and call us,” Bertagna said. But before officers arrived, Herrera allegedly choked her again, he said.
When officers arrived, Herrera was in his car and took off, refusing orders to stop, Bertagna said.
The suspect crashed his car at 17th and Raitt streets, where he got out and tried to run away but was quickly apprehended, Bertagna said.
The victim declined a trip to a hospital, he said.
Herrera pleaded guilty to driving drunk in October 2017, court records show.