Man sentenced over girlfriend incident

Staff report

A 26-year-old man who last year allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and tried to crash her car and rape her was sentenced Monday to 18 months of probation.

Jose Santos Membreno pleaded guilty to felony aggravated motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor assault and will have to undergo domestic violence, anger management and substance abuse counseling, District Judge Chris Seldin said. Membreno also will be on sobriety monitoring and cannot use alcohol or drugs.

Membreno first showed up drunk at his ex-girlfriend’s home in April 2016 and she told him to leave, according to police. However, she offered to drive him home because of his level of intoxication.

But on the car ride to his home, he grabbed the steering wheel and tried to crash the woman’s car, according to a police report. She stopped at the Intercept Lot and told him to get out, but he refused, held the woman in her seat and tried to rape her, the report states.

The woman pushed him out of the car, but he got into the backseat and she began driving again. When he attempted to crash the car again, she pulled over at the Aspen Business Center and ran away.


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