DESTIN – A 58-year-old homeless man was charged with battery by strangulation after putting both hands around his girlfriend’s neck while they were parked in a lot on Okaloosa Island.

The victim said that he’d started hitting her while they were driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 98. She tried to jump out of the car while it was moving but he held her inside the vehicle, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

She had marks on her left arm and redness around her ear and scratches on her neck, the report said.

She said he also told her he could kill her and dump her body in the water and she’d never be found, the report said.

She was taken to the emergency room to make sure her ear drum was intact.