An Oak Harbor man is accused of strangling a woman whom he claimed assaulted him, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged Scott Hampton, 47, in Island County Superior Court March 20 with domestic-violence assault in the second degree.
Oak Harbor police officers responded to the incident on March 16 after Hampton reported the woman was hitting him while he was driving, the police report states. Once contacted, the woman gave a slightly different account of the events, according to the report.
The two got into an argument at a restaurant that continued in the car while Hampton drove to his residence. Hampton alleged the woman hit him while he drove, and the woman told police she’d slapped his arm away to stop him from shoving her.
Once at his house, Hampton told officers he asked the woman to leave, and that she tried to push her way past Hampton to enter the house and collect her things, the report states.
Hampton originally told police he’d stopped the woman from entering and she left.
He said she returned after a short time and put her hands around his neck when he wouldn’t let her enter.
The report notes that the officers looked for visible marks on Hampton, but the report does not mention that they found any.
The woman said that, when she’d tried to push her way past him, Hampton pushed her against a wall by her throat and threw her on the ground.
The woman also told police that she and Hampton were involved, which he had originally denied.
If convicted of the charge, Hampton faces up to nine months in jail under the standard sentencing range.