Police make arrest for battery on boat
Jeffersonville police officers working water patrol on the Ohio River were alerted by Louisville Metro Police River Patrol of a possible domestic dispute near Duffy’s Landing bout 8 p.m. Sunday.
When Jeffersonville police arrived, LMPD officers were at the scene along with the man and woman believed to have been involved in a physical altercation.
A man, who had been on the river on a jet ski, reported he saw a man, later identified as Bryan Payton, 43, of Salem, “swing both arms in a downward motion toward a female,” and the female, “was holding her arms up in a defensive position,” according to the police report.
Police spoke with the woman, Payton’s wife, who was still sitting in the boat tied off to a dock at Duffy’s Landing.
She was “very upset and crying profusely,” according to the police report.
The woman told police she had lightly slapped Payton on the back of his head because he was insulting her dead mother.
She said her husband respond by pushing her down on the deck of the boat, and when she tried to get up, he of punched her in the chest. She again got up, she told police, and Payton struck her in the torso area, putting her on the ground a third time, at which time he grabbed her by the neck with one hand and began to choke her.
The woman was very upset as she told police she didn’t want her husband to go to jail and that he “had not punched her very hard.”
Police reported that the woman said Payton was arrested for battery in the past, but she had the charges dropped.
Payton was arrested on D felony strangulation and domestic battery preliminary charges.