Authorities recently arrested a Martinez man accused of beating his wife and daughter.
Late Tuesday, Darrell Wade Foster, 50, of Dowling Drive, was charged with two counts of simple battery.
Foster’s wife called deputies from a neighbor’s home just before 11 p.m. claiming an argument with her husband turned physical and he assaulted her.
The woman said she was sitting on the sofa when she and Foster began arguing over marital issues. When he became upset, the woman said Foster grabbed a hand gun, loaded it and tried to give it to his wife, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. When she refused to touch the gun, Foster put it away.
Foster then slapped his wife’s leg. When she said not to touch her, she said Foster yanked her by the hair and pushed her down on the sofa, according to the report. The couple’s 19-year-old daughter walked in and told Foster to stop. Her mother went into the kitchen.
Foster followed his wife into the kitchen, grabbed her hair and threw her to the floor. He then pushed her face into the floor and dragged her around by her hair, according to the report. The couple’s daughter tried to push Foster away, but he shoved her across the kitchen and onto the floor.
The woman said she grabbed her purse and she and her daughter ran outside . Foster chased them into a neighbor’s yard, where he pushed his wife to the ground again, according to the report. Foster snatched her purse, then went back inside.
The women went into a neighbor’s home, where they called deputies.
Foster admitted he was angry over marital issues and hit his wife’s leg. He said he was defending himself against his wife and daughter.
Deputies saw red marks on the woman’s hands and arms and marks on Foster’s face, according to the report.
Foster was arrested and charged. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Wednesday after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.