PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Fayette County man is facing multiple charges after police say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend while driving.
Police say 25-year-old Donald Kutek, of New Salem, faces charges of unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and simple assault, among others.
Kutek’s girlfriend told police they were on their way to get something to eat around 11:30 p.m. Thursday when Kutek received a text message from a friend, became angry, and in a fit of rage, started attacking her.
“They began a verbal argument in the vehicle. It became physical with the male grabbing the female around the throat,” said Sgt. Norman Powers, of the Redstone Township Police.
Police say Kutek yelled at his ex-girlfriend before punching her in the arm and head several times. Police say it lasted for at least 12 miles.
He then allegedly started speeding down the road, driving recklessly as he continued to scream at the woman. Police say at one point he choked her and said, “I’m going to kill you.”
The ex-girlfriend told police Kutek continued to drive recklessly, nearly hitting another car head-on all while continuing to hit her.
Kutek eventually returned his ex-girlfriend to her home.
“He wouldn’t stop the vehicle,” said Sgt. Powers. “He drove her back home to her residence where he continued to assault her in the car. He wouldn’t let her out. He threatened to kill the victim.”
Police say she suffered visible swelling and redness from the assault.
“The male said that the female was the aggressor at the time,” Sgt. Powers said. “She punched him, caused him to travel into oncoming traffic, which she stated that the male was the physical aggressor at the time and drove purposely into oncoming traffic
Kutek was later arrested and taken to the Redstone Police Department.