Bridgeport resident Dante Cobb, who police said was upset over his wife's decision not to attend a picnic, was charged Saturday afternoon with third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, disorderly conduct and two counts of risk of injury to a minor after choking his wife while she was driving on Interstate 95.

Officers found Cobb alone just off I-95's Exit 25 ramp at the intersection of Coolidge Street and Commerce Drive in Fairfield. He claimed he had been kicked out of the car and that his wife had driven to State Street in Bridgeport.

Police subsequently spoke to the wife, who claimed Cobb had been drinking all day and before she ordered him out of the car, her grabbed her by the neck so hard that she was gasping for breath. Cobb was angry because his keys were thrown out of the passenger-side window, police said. Children 3 and 4 years old were in the vehicle during the incident, according to police. The wife had red marks on her neck and arms, police said.

Released on $5,000 bond, Cobb was scheduled to appear Aug. 15 in Bridgeport Superior Court.