BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– A man has been charged with intentionally crashing his car into a traffic light pole in Boulder to try to kill his girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat.

Police records show that George Pappas was driving nearly 50 mph when he crashed his blue Volvo into a light pole at 28th and Valmont in Boulder on Oct. 12.

His girlfriend told police that he unbuckled her seat belt moments before impact. She was able to re-buckle herself just before the crash and walked away from the wreckage.

George Pappas (credit: Boulder Police)

George Pappas (credit: Boulder Police)

Pappas, 51, was seriously injured in the crash. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder Thursday after he was released from the hospital. He was being held in jail Friday

The victim told police that Pappas had threatened to kill her the same way just five days earlier in Westminster but she was able to stop the car that time. Witnesses report that they heard Pappas threatening to kill his girlfriend even as he was being extricated from the vehicle.

The driver of the car, George Pappas, was arrested for trying to kill the passenger (credit: CBS)

The driver of the car, George Pappas, was arrested for trying to kill the passenger (credit: CBS)

If convicted, Pappas could face up to 24 years in prison.

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