A Moses Lake man has been charged with choking his 8-month pregnant girlfriend after she said she needed to go to the store but said she was too pregnant to drive.

What started as a typical couple's quarrel ended with the man choking his partner until she picked up a stick to defend herself with. An MLPD officer with experience in domestic violence cases mentioned that the angular marks on the victim's neck were very similar to other marks from choking.

The victim claimed the man had assaulted her before, but he denied this statement. He also mentioned that she had freaked out on him, and he was simply trying to keep himself out of harm's way.