The man who allegedly tried to run his ex-wife and kids off the highway with his car in Half Moon Bay last week had already been battling charges of violating a family court order during bitter divorce proceedings, prosecutors said Monday.
Saul Garcia Montelongo, 28, of Half Moon Bay was arrested Wednesday after his ex-wife reported the highway incident, San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies said.
The ex-wife claims Montelongo followed her as she was driving with her children. He attempted to force his family off the road as they were driving on state Highway 1 at San Mateo Road, deputies said.
On Friday, Montelongo pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and violating a protective order. His bail was set at $10,000 and the case is expected to go to a jury trial Jan. 23, with a pretrial conference scheduled Wednesday.
But Montelongo will appear in court sooner than that. A jury trial is set to begin this morning in a separate case in which Montelongo allegedly violated a family court order, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Montelongo was told to keep away from his ex-wife during divorce proceedings, Wagstaffe said.