A member of the board of directors of a Middlefield Polish social club is facing an assault charge after Middletown Police say he put his girlfriend in a headlock and punched her in the face after both spent the evening drinking at the Kosciuszko Club.
On Dec. 11 at 2:12 a.m., police were called to a home on Jefferson Avenue in which a victim's hands were shaking, tears streaming down her face and suffering from a cut lip.
The report says she admitted she and her boyfriend, Michael E. Koba, 45, of Jefferson Avenue, had been drinking at the "K" [Tadeusz Kosciuszko] Club in the Rockfall section of Middlefield earlier and had fought in the car.
Both smelled of alcohol, police say, and admitted to fighting over people the victim had been talking to at the club. The report says she tried to open the door of the car to exit and walk home four times, each of which Koba reached over and slammed the door shut, then put her in a head lock and "punched her with a closed fist in the face."
Koba, who had a scratch on his neck and face, the report indicates, told officers he was attacked unprovoked and couldn't explain his girlfriend's injuries.
He was charged with third-degree assault.
Last December, Koba was arrested following a similar incident with a woman in which police described both as being "heavily drunk."
According to the K-Club's website, Michael Koba is a member of the board of directors of the Polish social club.