DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A man who threatened to hit his girlfriend with a hammer was arrested on battery charges after hitting her repeatedly on the head during an argument.

According to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, on Jan. 11 deputies responded to the couple’s DeFuniak Springs home after the 31-year-old man’s girlfriend called police. She told authorities upon arrival that she and her boyfriend had been inside the residence when they got into a fight over a person pulling up in the driveway driving a black SUV. The woman got up to see who was in the car and the man told her to “shut the door, sit down and mind her own business.” The woman told him, “don’t talk to me that way.”

An argument ensued, and the man picked up a hammer and “acted like he was going to hit (the woman) with it.” He then shoved her down on the couch and began hitting her on the side of the head with his hand. She attempted to get away by scratching him on the neck and telling him she was going to call the law, and he began hitting her again on the side of the face and in her face.

The man told authorities nothing happened, but they saw scratches on his neck consistent with the woman’s story. The man was placed under arrest and charged with misdemeanor battery.