A correctional officer accused of choking his girlfriend and threatening to kill her was arrested early Monday, police said.

Alfred Hernandez, 43, was booked on suspicion of spousal abuse, criminal threats, kidnapping and false imprisonment following his 3:20 a.m. arrest in the 12000 block of Cherry Valley Avenue, according to Bakersfield police.

Officers were sent to that address after a call came in reporting a woman screaming and sounds of a struggle, police said. The girlfriend told police that she and Hernandez had an argument and she tried to leave.

The woman said Hernandez refused to let her go, officers said. She called 911, and Hernandez grabbed the phone from her and dragged her through the house, eventually pinning her to the ground, police reported.

He choked her with his hands and, as she screamed for help, pressed a pillow against her face and threatened to kill her, according to her statement to police. She suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Police said Hernandez is a correctional officer assigned to Corcoran State Prison.