WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) - A corrections officer at the Trumbull Correctional Institution has been arrested and charged with domestic violence after police say he choked a woman, even as she was backing out of the driveway to escape.
The woman said around 4 a.m. on Sunday, she and her children were sleeping in bed in the 2700 block of W. Liberty St. when 34-year-old Mark Grdinich came home from drinking and started screaming at her, according to a police report.
She tried to get out of the room but said Grdinich threw her onto the ground and put his knee on the side of her head to hold her down.
The woman said he started choking her and she thought he was going to kill her.
When he finally stopped, she grabbed the kids and took them to the car to leave, according to the report.
Grdinich followed them and continued to argue with her, she said.
The woman claimed he reached through the car window and pulled her hair and choked her as she was backing out of the driveway. In the process, she said she backed the car into a tree.
Police said they could see marks around her neck.
She told them Grdinich has threatened to kill her and her parents, saying he "knows a lot of bad people from working in the prison and that if she ever has him arrested, all he has to do is make one call and she'll be taken care of," according to the report.
A report lists Grdinich as a corrections officer at the Trumbull Correctional Institution.
The woman said he has also gotten physical with one of the children in the past.
Grdinich was arrested on Monday and faces a charge of domestic violence.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction released the following statement on Thursday:
He has not reported to work since the incident. Any further personnel actions will be evaluated once the criminal proceedings are complete."