A St. Hilaire man has been charged in Pennington County District Court after he allegedly strangled his now ex-girlfriend on Saturday, June 11.
Andrew Robert Cherland, 36, St. Hilaire, has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation.
He was arrested.
Cherland allegedly used a chokehold and strangled his now ex-girlfriend at a home in the 200 block of Broadway Ave. S. in St. Hilaire, according to the complaint and sheriff’s office report.
The woman said she was unable to breathe for about three seconds.
Cherland’s brother heard the commotion and then separated the two of them.
After the incident, the woman went to Kruse In, where she later met with law enforcement.
The woman didn’t seek medical care.
Upon meeting with the woman, a sheriff’s deputy observed that the woman’s neck was red and makeup was running down her face.
The complaint indicated that Cherland’s criminal history includes, but isn’t limited to, felony domestic assault, violating a Domestic Abuse – No Contact Order, violating no-contact order, fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and third-degree assault.
Those charges stemmed from cases over the years 2005 to 2018.
He has three pending 2022 misdemeanor theft cases in Pennington County.