People v. DealbaAnnotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and spousal battery, with a prior serious felony finding. In the published portion of the opinion, the court concluded that defendant did commit a battery because the evidence demonstrated that the force of the collision he intentionally caused almost made the victim lose control of her car and, as a result, she had to wrestle with the steering wheel in order to keep her car on the road and avoid hitting other vehicles parked along the curb. The court's decision is consistent with case law from other jurisdictions. Accordingly, the court concluded that there was sufficient evidence to sustain defendant's spousal battery conviction.