David Bruton Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive, was arrested Monday and charged with assault on a female and felony assault by strangulation, according to public records and the Mecklenburg County Detention Center.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report says a woman who is not related to Smith told officers she was held against her will and injured during an assault which took place between 10 p.m. Sunday and the early morning hours Monday. The incident report says officers and Medic arrived at a home on Carmel Park Drive in south Charlotte, around 2:30 a.m., Monday, in reference to a domestic violence call. Public records show Smith owns the home at the address listed on the police report.
The woman is not identified in the report and the Charlotte Observer does not name victims of domestic violence.
Smith, 46, was also charged with two misdemeanors: false imprisonment and interfering with emergency communications,