A Martin resident was arrested last week following an alleged assault that, a deputy reports, broke a woman’s orbital socket.

According to documents filed in Floyd District Court, James Scott, 42, of Martin, is facing one felony count of second-degree assault following the alleged June 4 incident, and he is also facing other felony charges, including third-degree assault on a police officer and animal cruelty.

Darrin Lawson of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department alleges in the arrest warrant that Scott struck a woman in the face six times, “causing her a serious physical injury.” He reported the woman’s orbital socket was broken during the alleged assault.

An abuse report filed in the case also alleges that Scott choked, punched and kicked the woman “several times in the hips.” 

Both of the victim’s eyes were swollen and her face was bruised, Lawson reported. 

Scott allegedly assaulted deputies who attempted to serve the arrest warrant on him that day, according to the court file.

Lawson reports in that citation that he and Deputy Kevin Thacker attempted to serve the warrant on Scott and he allegedly “fled up the hill behind his house.” 

“Deputies yelled multiple times for (Scott) to stop but (he) kept running,” Lawson wrote. “When deputies finally caught up to (Scott) we told him to get on the ground. (He) went to his stomach and when (I) went to place (him) in cuffs, (he) started to resist and fight with deputies. Both deputies had to subdue subject to place him in cuffs.”

Lawson reported that a dog on the property “had multiple burn scars and other injuries,” and the woman who was allegedly assaulted by Scott claimed he “repeatedly beat the animal.” 

“(She) also stated that (Scott) would pour gasoline on the dog while he was high on meth,” Lawson wrote.

 “The dog was taken into custody and put into a rescue.”

District Judge Eric Hall placed Scott under a $1,000 cash bond in the assault case and a $500 cash bond in the animal cruelty case, in which he is charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, third-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and second-degree fleeing/evading police. 

Hall ordered Scott to have no contact with the alleged victim. 

The cases were consolidated during District Court hearings last week and they were referred to a grand jury for consideration. 

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