Columbus police arrested a local man after he was accused of holding a knife to a woman’s head during an argument.

James E. Bowling, 41, 4662 Breckenridge Drive, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery, criminal confinement, intimidation with a deadly weapon, interfering with the reporting of a crime and resisting law enforcement, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers were sent to the 4600 block of Breckenridge Drive at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday about a person kicking in a door at a residence there. The individual, identified as Bowling, left the area before officers arrived, Harris said.

While officers were searching for Bowling, a woman asked to speak with them at the Columbus Police Department, Harris said. The woman told police that Bowling was intoxicated and held a 7-inch knife to her head which cut her, Harris said.

Officers used a canine to search for Bowling and a short time later saw him running into a dark area behind a nearby home, Harris said. Officers released the canine and Bowling was caught by the dog, Harris said.

Bowling was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was treated Wednesday for a dog bite to his leg, Harris said.

He was released from the Bartholomew County Jail later Wednesday after posting $5,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.