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Caledonia Police logoA Racine man was charged with domestic abuse charges after he allegedly choked his girlfriend, held her against her will inside the home, and then fled from the police, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph Price, 29, of Racine, was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery (repeater), disorderly conduct (repeater), and resisting an officer (repeater). If convicted on all three counts, Price faces up to six years in prison and/or fined up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Caledonia Police Department in a civil trouble call at a residence in the 4900 block of Carter Drive at 5:24 p.m. Sunday. The caller told police that her sister was being held against her will inside the residence and that Price, the woman’s boyfriend was hurting her.

When police arrived at the home, Price’s girlfriend ran out of the house, crying for help and was wearing a white shirt that had blood on it. Price then walked out of the house and started walking towards the officer, but he and another man ran back inside the house, slamming and locking the door behind them. When police went around the back of the home, they saw Price running through the backyard.

Chasing Price, police lost site of him in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Church. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Department came to help search for Price while the other officers went back to the home. Inside, they found a blood trail from the bedroom to the sink, out the back door and out the front door. However, weapons were not found.

Price’s girlfriend told police that he found a photo of her with another man and he came over to talk to her about it. The two argued and Price choked the woman in the bedroom, then left her there and barricaded her inside the room. While Price wandered around the home, the woman called her sister, who then called 911 to help her.

When Price was in the bathroom, the woman left and ran for the front door but Price chased her and she ended up leaving through the back door. But Price tackled her in the ditch. Breaking free, the woman ran toward a neighbor’s house that she knew was a police officer. But Price tackled her again. Officers then arrived on scene.

Price was taken into custody on Tuesday where his bail has been set for $2,570.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.