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DL man is accused of trying to choke girlfriend

A Detroit Lakes man will make his first appearance July 31 in Becker County District Court on a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge.

Jason Robert Haataja, 28, of 1032 Campbell Ave., Detroit Lakes, is also facing three gross misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and one gross misdemeanor count of interference with an emergency call in connection with the June 9 incident in Frazee.

According to the criminal complaint, Haataja was asleep in the bedroom of a residence on Wannegan Road in Frazee when his girlfriend came home and went to bed. Haataja came into the room and allegedly started pushing, hitting and choking the woman, who later told police that she couldn't breathe at one point.

Haataja has a prior domestic violence-related conviction on his record from 2011, according to court documents.