A Vine Grove man was arrested and charged early Sunday morning with first-degree strangulation.

Jeremy Lewczyk, 42, faces between five and 10 years in prison, if convicted on the charge. First-degree strangulation is a Class C felony.

According to an arrest citation, Lewczyk was involved in a verbal altercation with the victim, who stated the argument turned physical when Lewczyk punched her on the left side of her jaw causing extreme pain.

The report said the victim stated Lewczyk got on top of her while she was on the ground and placed his hands around her throat, significantly impeding her air flow and ability to breathe.

The victim had redness on her chest and throat area and complained of pain, the citation said. An ambulance was denied.

According to the report, Lewczyk fled the residence prior to police arrival, but was located moments later pulling into his parents driveway in Vine Grove.

Lewczyk was charged with first-degree strangulation and fourth-degree dating violence, minor injury.

He is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a partially secured $2,500 bond.

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