A 60-year-old man is facing numerous charges after a woman alleged someone tried to electrocute her as she showered inside her Oshawa home.

Durham Regional Police arrived at the home just before 12:30 a.m. Monday morning after they received a call from a woman saying she had been attacked and choked.

The woman also told police that she received several electrical shocks when she adjusted the taps in the shower Sunday morning. She said she told her husband, who is an electrician, about the shocks.

"He reportedly told her it was a build-up of static electricity," police said.

At around 11 p.m., the woman said she noticed a section of drywall missing and electrical wires attached to the plumbing in the bathroom.

She told police she asked her husband about what she found.

Police allege the woman was assaulted and choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.

The 60-year-old woman called police as a suspect fled the home in a red Pontiac Grand Am.

Clarington police located a car and suspect matching the description near Highway 2 and Regional Road 57 and followed it east. Authorities continued to follow the car as it headed towards Highway 401 and entered the eastbound lanes.

The suspect did not pull over, even though officers activated their sirens.

Police pursued the car but stopped the chase when the car reached speeds in excess of 170 kilometres an hour.

However, a suspect was arrested a short time later in Port Home, this time without incident.

The suspect, whose name has not been released by police, is charged with:

  • Mischief endangering life
  • Aggravated assault
  • Two counts of ssault causing bodily harm
  • Failing to stop for police