A 33-year-old Bertram man faces up to 20 years in prison after police say he attacked a woman who tried to drive him home because he had too much to drink.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit sworn out by Marble Falls Police Detective Sgt. Barry Greer and signed by Marble Falls Municipal Judge Cheryl Pounds, officers responded to Motel 6 on Ollie Lane on an assault call at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4.
The responding officer met with the woman, who told him a man, identified as Chance Dewayne Grantham, struck her and strangled her when she was driving him home.
The victim told the officer she picked up Grantham at a local restaurant because he was intoxicated. As the two were traveling in the vehicle, the woman received a phone call, which apparently agitated the man. According to the affidavit, the man tried to get the phone to call the number back.
When he couldn’t find the phone, he began choking the woman. He only released his grip on her neck after she gave the phone to him. The victim told the officer she pulled into the Motel 6 parking lot to try to get away from the man.
As they drove toward the parking lot, the man again choked her as well as head butted and punched her, she told police. The responding officer noted she was bleeding profusely from a cut on her head.
At some point, the woman told the officer she believes she lost consciousness, according to the arrest warrant. The officer interviewed a witness in the motel parking lot who corroborated the woman’s account and saw the man choking the victim. The witness added that they thought the victim had blacked out during the attack.
After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Grantham. He was arrested by a Burnet County sheriff’s deputy and booked into the Burnet County Jail on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Grantham is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.