CRESTVIEW — A man who was arrested after beating his wife in their vehicle after an argument about previous domestic violence told lawmen his wife received her bruises during sex.

According to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, on Feb. 13 the man and woman were driving in their car when they got into an argument over the woman having reported a domestic violence incident earlier in the day, in which the husband was the suspect and she was the victim. While in the car arguing about the incident, the man struck the woman several times with an open hand in her face.

Deputies responded and observed a bruise next to her eye and darkness surrounding her eye.

The man was interviewed by authorities about both battery allegations and told deputies originally that she was “injured during sex.” His statement then changed several times. He ended by saying she had been the primary aggressor and was slapping him.

The 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.