A Visalia man has been arrested after a woman covered in blood was reported running on northbound Highway 101 near Templeton on Tuesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.
About 9:20 p.m., the CHP responded to Highway 101 south of Main Street after they received reports of a bloodied woman running through northbound traffic. When they arrived, they found a 25-year-old woman on the right shoulder of the highway.
The woman told officers that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend while they were traveling north on Highway 101 from Pismo Beach.
After a search, officers found the man, 27-year-old Jesse Medina Cordova, hiding behind some trees on Ramada Drive just north of Main Street, the CHP said.
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Cordova was arrested on suspicion of multiple offenses, including felony battery with serious bodily injury, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, misdemeanor driving under the influence, misdemeanor driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more, and a felony for being convicted of three DUI offenses within 10 years, according to jail records.
Cordova was taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to jail records.