By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Yale man accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend while she was allegedly holding their baby in his pickup outside Atwood’s in Cushing has been ordered to appear in court with an attorney on July 25, court records show.
Brian Lee Copeland, 27, remains free on $5,000 bond with an order to have no contact with his girlfriend, court records show. If convicted of the felony charge of domestic assault and battery by attempted strangulation, Copeland could be given as much as a three-year prison term and $3,000 fine.
Cushing Police Officer Garvis Thomas was sent at 2:10 p.m. on June 24 to Atwood’s regarding an assault, his affidavit alleged.
Copeland, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a white pickup, explained that after he and his girlfriend got in an argument, she attempted to get out of the vehicle and go into Atwood’s when he grabbed her by the arm, the affidavit alleged.
Asked why he did that, Copeland said “because she was trying to leave with their four-month-old daughter,” the affidavit alleged. Copeland said he did not hit her, but only grabbed her, the affidavit alleged.
After Cushing Police Sgt. Matt Piatt arrived, the officers went inside Atwood’s to talk to Copeland’s girlfriend, who was waiting in the back breakroom for them, the affidavit said.
She “explained that while she was breastfeeding their daughter, she and Copeland began arguing,” the affidavit alleged. She said “Copeland grabbed her by her hair and pulled her to him and placed both hands around her neck making it difficult to breathe,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “Copeland then slapped her on the right side of her face with an open hand,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she thought at the time Copeland struck their daughter too, because (she) was still holding her and the baby began to cry,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she did not see any marks on the baby, so she believed the baby was crying because she was scared, not because she was struck too,” the affidavit alleged.
She said after Copeland let her go, she got out of the pickup and screamed for help while she ran into Atwood’s, the affidavit alleged.
The Cushing officer noticed “multiple red marks on the right side of (her) neck and some redness to the right side of her face,” his affidavit alleged.
When the officer again talked to Copeland, he said he only grabbed his girlfriend by her shoulder and did not hit her; however, he was arrested, according to the affidavit.