Franklin man facing charges in domestic dispute

Staff writer

A Franklin man is facing charges after he allegedly handcuffed and injured his girlfriend Saturday morning at their Prospect Avenue residence.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said that around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Franklin state police were sent to the residence of Darrin Foster, 29, who had called to report that his girlfriend had walked off wearing minimal clothing.

Foster told police he and his girlfriend had been drinking, and he became concerned when she tried to drive from their home, the complaint said. Foster said he got his girlfriend out of the vehicle and handcuffed her when she tried to leave, according to the complaint.

The pair returned inside, Foster said, and when he walked outside to get the handcuff keys, his girlfriend disappeared, the complaint said.

Police later spoke with Foster’s girlfriend, who said she was trying to drive to a friend’s house when Foster dragged her from the car, the complaint said.

The woman said she woke up outside the car with an injury to her left cheek, the complaint said.

Foster then took her inside the house, the woman said, and choked her until she could not breathe, according to the complaint.

The woman said Foster handcuffed her, and when he left, she fled the residence, the complaint said.

Police took Foster into custody later that day and found that he had been driving while intoxicated, the complaint said.

Foster is facing a felony count of strangulation in addition to misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and DUI. He is also facing a summary count of harassment.

He was arraigned before Kirtland and placed in the Venango County jail on $40,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Nov. 29 in Central Court.