A Frederick County man was arrested on charges of first- and second-degree assault on Sunday after county sheriff’s deputies charged his alleged victim with driving under the influence, according to court documents.
Natalie Lynn Hayes was charged with DUI after sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance Sunday night in the 6700 block of Brace Court, where she lived with 30-year-old Kevin Wayne Fout. While she was being processed, Hayes told deputies she was the victim of an assault deputies responded to the previous night outside Blue Sky Bar & Grill. None of the parties was present when deputies arrived at the bar shortly before 9 p.m., but Hayes said Fout beat her and strangled her outside the bar after an argument.
Hayes had bruises on her neck as well as several deep bruises on her shoulder and head that seemed to corroborate her accusations. Hayes also told the deputies that she feared for her life several times during the assault.
Fout was arrested at 1:17 a.m. Sunday at the Brace Court address on charges of assault as well as reckless endangerment and endangering another person while intoxicated, but he refused to talk to deputies without a lawyer present.
A defense attorney representing Fout in his bail review hearing Monday in Frederick County District Court pointed out that deputies also had defensive injuries showing he was likely assaulted himself. The attorney also questioned Hayes’ motives, pointing out that she did not report the assault until after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Hayes had been banging on Fout’s door demanding to speak to him about whether or not he was seeing another woman when deputies were called to the address Sunday and eventually arrested Hayes as she was driving away, according to charging documents.
Judge Eric Schaffer eventually agreed to allow Fout to be released if he could post $3,000 of $30,000 bail. It was not immediately clear whether Fout had posted bail as of Monday afternoon.