Denis Mora Blanco / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A 28-year-old man was charged with assaulting his girlfriend after the couple’s damaged car was pulled over by a police officer on Saugatuck Avenue last week.

Denis Mora Blanco, of Norwalk, was charged with second-degree assault/serious injury, second-degree strangulation/suffocation and second-degree unlawful restraint in connection with the Feb. 2 incident.

An officer monitoring Saugatuck Avenue traffic just before midnight Feb. 2 noticed a car headed toward Interstate 95, with its headlights off and front bumper dragging on the ground, police said.

The officer pulled over the vehicle, which was being driven by Denis Mora Blanco, who had scratches on his face and “fresh blood” on his clothing, according to the report.

His female companion, who police said was in “a dating relationship” with Mora Blanco, had “significant injuries to her face and head,” the report stated.

Officers investigating the incident said that Mora Blanco had found what he considered “suspicious” text messages on his girlfriend’s phone, and that while driving, he began assaulting the woman and refused to let her leave the car.

Mora Blanco was taken into custody and held on the charges after he was unable to post $15,000 bond. On Feb. 5, he was transported for arraignment at state Superior Court in Stamford. In court, his bail was raised to $250,000.