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Man choked woman, tried to push her out moving car, police say

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Sep. 15, 2020 at 1:51 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Box Elder County man was arrested Monday after police say he tried to push a woman out of a moving car and choked her to unconsciousness.

Douglas John Hulse, 51, of Willard, was booked into the Box Elder County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and object rape.

“(Hulse) choked the victim to the point she lost consciousness while telling the victim to die and also telling the victim that he was going to kill her,” according to a police affidavit.

Box Elder County sheriff’s deputies were called to the northwest side of Willard Bay about noon Monday on a report of a 59-year-old woman who had been assaulted.

“(Hulse) beat up the victim while they were driving in a vehicle,” according to a police affidavit. “(He) choked the victim while they were driving in the vehicle. While (Hulse) was choking the victim in the vehicle, he was telling her if he can’t have her nobody can. ... (He) also grabbed the victim by her head and slammed the victim’s head into the steering wheel. (Hulse) tried to kick the victim out of the vehicle with his foot while the vehicle was still moving.”

The woman also told deputies of another assault earlier that same day where she was choked in a field and lost consciousness, the affidavit states. Hulse is also accused of sexually assaulting her during the same incident.

The sheriff's office said Hulse’s vehicle was located a short distance away from the woman and he “was then located some distance away from the vehicle, in an open area, unresponsive.”

Deputies said they gave Hulse naloxone and revived him on scene.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at

Sexual Assault Resources:

  • The 24/7 Utah Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line is 1-888-421-1100. This free hotline is available 24/7
  • The Utah Domestic Violence Link Line is 1-800-897-LINK (5465). This free hotline is available 24/7.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673. This free hotline is available 24/7.
  • A list of local and statewide Utah Rape Crisis Programs can be found here.
  • Resources for survivors of sexual assault can be found on the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s website.
  • A list of warning signs for an unhealthy or abusive relationship can be found on
  • Resources for teen dating violence victims and prevention can be found on
  • National and local resources for victims, families, and educators can be found on The National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.
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