BUCKHANNON - A Buckhannon man who allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face while she was driving was arrested Monday.
Brian Edward Reed, 36, of 24 River Ave., was charged with domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, a felony, after an incident that allegedly occurred Nov. 30 while he and his girlfriend were traveling along Route 20 North.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk's Office, law enforcement officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at a residence in the 100 block of Camden Avenue.
Officers determined that Reed was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by "one of his girlfriends," according to the complaint, which was prepared by Cpl. Jason Lee Queen with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office.
The girlfriend told officers that Reed asked her to pick him up in French Creek on Nov. 30, according to the complaint. After she did so, the complaint says, the two began to argue while she was driving along Route 20 North in the Tennerton area.
"She states that the defendant (Reed) struck her in the face with his fist," Queen wrote. "She states that she had to pull off into the Family Dollar parking lot to avoid wrecking."
The alleged victim reportedly shoved Reed away, causing his glasses to fall off his face and get stuck in her hair, the complaint states.
At that point, Reed allegedly "pulled out a knife and cut her hair to get the glasses out," according to the report. She subsequently drove the two to her residence, and when Reed left, she called 911.
In the report, Queen noted that the alleged victim had red marks around an eye and on her forehead.
"She also appeared to have some hair missing from the right side of her head," he wrote. Officers later found Reed walking along River Avenue in the vicinity of the Poe Bridge, according to the complaint.
A background check found that Reed has been convicted on domestic battery charges on three prior occasions - June 15, 2006; Feb. 17, 2009; and Jan. 4, 2011.
Magistrate Juanita Adams arraigned Reed Monday, setting bond at $20,000, $10,000 of which is surety and $10,000 of which is personal recognizance. He is free on bond.
The penalty for a conviction of domestic battery, third or subsequent offense, is imprisonment in a state penitentiary for one to five years and a possible fine of between $3,00 and $5,000.
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