PLAINVILLE - A New Britain man, charged in an alleged assault during a car ride that started in Plainville and ended in Bristol, will be prosecuted, a judge has ruled.
Mark Potvin, 27, was denied a bid for the Family Violence Education Program during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. The ruling came after a state prosecutor recited the allegations during his objection to the use of a program.
Potvin has been accused of reaching over with one hand and choking his girlfriend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, stopping her from talking or breathing for several seconds in the early morning hours Feb. 25, according to the police report. Police said they found red marks on the woman’s neck that substantiated her allegations.
According to Potvin's attorney, he alleges that the complainant was the aggressor and was striking him in the face, resulting in a bloody nose. Potvin maintains that he only reached over to push the woman away.
Paul Rotiroti, state prosecutor, said Wednesday that he has offered Potvin a plea deal that would include probation in lieu of prison time. He is due back in court on June 27.
According to the report, Plainville police were contacted by a Bristol sergeant around 2:50 a.m., after Potvin allegedly stopped his vehicle on Mellen Street in Bristol and pushed his girlfriend out. He was pulled over shortly thereafter.
The complainant told police Potvin picked her up earlier in the morning and, during the car ride, they began arguing. While driving on Route 72, she alleges, he stopped the vehicle and told her to get out. She refused, and Potvin continued driving, getting off Route 72 at the New Britain Avenue exit.
The woman said that he stopped the car shortly thereafter, when things allegedly became physical. The woman was evaluated by medics and did not wish to go to the hospital.
Potvin faces charges of third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, second-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.