Faking a heart attack didn’t save a local man from getting hit with felony charges for assaulting his ex-wife.

The suspect, Josh Gregory is charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony that carries three to six years in prison if there is a conviction.

Tullahoma police were called to a residence on Wilson Avenue where the victim said she and her ex had gotten into it about her refusal to drive him to Chattanooga. She said he became aggressive that she tried to push him away with a pair of hedge trimmers but he was able to get them away from her and push her to the bed where he allegedly proceeded to choke her with a comforter.

While maintaining his innocence of the assault when police arrived, Gregory was taken into custody anyway based on the evidence. However, that is when he feigned chest pains. He was taken to the hospital and released a short time later, into the custody of police but claimed he was suicidal. He was still released to police. It was during the ride to the jail that Gregory admitted he tried to pull a fast one on officers.

“He advised that he wasn’t suicidal and that he was trying to manipulate law enforcement so he could sit at the hospital,” the officer said of Gregory’s confession.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.

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