A Montville man was arrested April 17 after he allegedly assaulted a woman and pushed her out of his car while driving her home.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bob Keating said Brian M. Rafuse, 46, was arrested for domestic violence, assault and terrorizing.

Keating said Rafuse and the victim had been arguing at Rafuse’s Montville home April 16, and continued arguing into the next morning. Rafuse allegedly punched the victim in the face, Keating said, and she told him she wanted to leave. He offered to drive her home, and during the ride to her house he reportedly struck her again in the face, threatened to shoot her with a gun and pushed her out of the car while it was moving, Keating said.

The victim called police and was taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital, Keating said, where she was treated for unknown injuries and released later that day.

After Rafuse reportedly pushed the victim out of the car while traveling at a speed of about 30 mph, according to Sgt. Tom Ballard of the Maine State Police, he fled to a Twitchell Hill Road residence in Montville. Ballard said Rafuse then made threats that he would kill any law enforcement officer who responded to the scene.

Ballard said Sgt. Jeff Mills and troopers Jonah O’Roak, Ryan Brockway and Jonathan Russell responded to the scene and assisted Deputy David Mushrall of the WCSO, who is the primary officer assigned to the case. Rafuse was eventually arrested behind the house, then taken to Waldo County Jail.

As of April 20, Rafuse was out on bail.

Republican Journal Editor Steve Fuller contributed to this article.