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Timothy James Peterson, 35, of Bluffdale, was charged Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, with kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and severely beating her for hours, causing disfiguration to her face.

WEST JORDAN — A Bluffdale man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and severely beating her for hours, causing disfiguration to her face.

Timothy James Peterson, 35, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony; aggravated assault and mayhem, second-degree felonies; and failing to stop at the command of a law enforcer, a class A misdemeanor.

On Oct. 1, a Bluffdale police officer on patrol spotted a vehicle at Wardle Fields Regional Park, 14148 S. 2700 West, after hours. As the officer approached the car, he noticed Peterson "actively beating a female," according to charging documents.

The officer noticed that the woman's "face appeared to be disfigured and blood was running down her face from her eyes, nose and mouth."

The woman said Peterson had been "beating her all day long," the charges state. Doctors told police that the woman was "lucky to be alive." Her injuries included broken teeth, severe bruising on her neck, a split lip, and her ears "were cut/separated and she was bleeding from inside her ears."

The woman said Peterson drove her around Salt Lake County starting on Sept. 30 and beat her in the head and face and choked her. "At one point she remembers spitting out blood and parts of her teeth," the charges state.

Peterson held the woman's neck while driving so she wouldn't escape, according to police. The alleged assault lasted approximately six hours. The woman told police that if the officer hadn't come up when he did, "I very well (could) have been dead," the charges state.

On Oct. 6, police found Peterson at a motel in Murray and arrested him.

Peterson, who has a lengthy criminal history, made headlines in 2014 when he was shot by a West Jordan police officer.

Prosecutors say Peterson is a "substantial danger" to the community and have requested that he be held without bail during his court proceedings.