Fairfield man charged with beating, choking woman
BRIDGEPORT — A Fairfield man on probation for committing violence against women was behind bars again Wednesday after police said he beat and choked a local woman.
John Best, 39, of Round Hill Road was charged with third-degree assault, first-degree strangulation, first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree breach of peace. He was being held in lieu of $300,000 bond.
On Nov. 29, police said they responded to Best’s home on a complaint of a woman screaming. When officers got there, they found a woman barefoot and bleeding in the driveway.
The woman was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where police said she was treated for multiple bruises to her face, neck and body.
Police said the woman told them that Best had picked her up at a local bar and driven her to his home. Once there, the two began drinking when Best suddenly began yelling at the woman and repeatedly punching her in the face, police said.
Police said Best then grabbed the woman around the neck and began choking her.
The woman managed to break free and ran out of the house, collapsing in the driveway, police said.
When officers got Best into a police car, police said Best began banging his head against the metal partition.
According to court records, in February, Best was sentenced to seven years, suspended after he served 146 days and followed by five years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault involving a dispute with a woman, police said.
In 2016, he was sentenced to a year in prison followed by five years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to violating a protective order, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and threatening charges.