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A Mineral Springs woman said she was pushed against a wall and held by the throat as a man held a lit butane torch within inches of her face, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Scott W. Bryant, 46, of 1327 Ninth St., Columbus, was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal confinement, intimidation, resisting law enforcement and domestic battery after deputies were called to what was first reported as a family disturbance in Mineral Springs.

When officers arrived shortly after 8 a.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Karls Way, they found probable cause that supported the woman’s allegations, according to Maj. Todd Noblitt of the sheriff’s department.

But when the deputies attempted to take Bryant into custody, he refused to be handcuffed and tried to fight with the officers, Noblitt said. Police reports show a Taser was used to bring the 5-feet-10 inch, 240-pound man under control.

Noblitt added the woman who called for help suffered only minor injuries, and neither deputy was injured during the scuffle.

Bryant was booked into the Bartholomew County jail at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday. A 48-hour hold was issued to keep him from immediately posting bond after his arrest.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges will be filed in the case.

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