A 51-year-old DuBois man accused of restraining a woman and threatening to kill her following an incident on March 12 in the City of DuBois waived his rights to a preliminary hearing on Friday before District Judge James Brian Glass.
Eric C. Whitehouse, 317 W. Long Ave., DuBois, has been charged by DuBois City Police with misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, terroristic threats, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, assault, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person, and summary counts of harassment and driving while suspended-DUI related.
Though his bail, previously set at $25,000, was reduced to $10,000 on Friday, Whitehouse remains lodged in the Clearfield County Jail. Formal arraignment on the charges is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Clearfield County Courthouse Annex.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a woman stated that Whitehouse had been displaying erratic behavior throughout the day while they were at his residence. He allegedly continued to say that “we need to leave before they kill us.”
The affidavit said that Whitehouse began yelling at her and ordered her to pack a bag. He then suddenly grasped her hair and began dragging her down a flight of stairs at her apartment building and forcefully pushed her into a vehicle.
Whitehouse began driving as he maintained his grip on her hair and head, the affidavit said. He continued to yell at her, threatening to punch her until she became unconscious and knock out all of her teeth. The woman said she was able to reach into her purse and call 911. She said she had hoped to relay messages relevant to her location and details about the assault.
The woman said that Whitehouse allowed her to raise her head temporarily and she saw that she was in a local motel parking lot, the affidavit said. The woman said that she feared Whitehouse would kill her if he brought her into the motel room. She said he threatened to kill her several times while driving around, although she could not recall exact quotes.