FAIRFIELD — A 48-year-old Fairfield man was arrested early Monday morning after police said an argument with his wife at their home allegedly turned physical.

Marc Cehovksy, of Stratfield Road, was charged with second-degree strangulation, third-degree assault, and disorderly conduct.

His wife called police and said Cehovsky choked her, hit her in the face, and threw her to the ground before leaving the house. She said they were arguing because he overheard her on the phone telling a friend that she wouldn’t mind doing some cocaine. According to the report, she had bruises on her jawline and neck, and EMTs felt she had suffered an injury to her throat. However, she declined further medical attention.

Police were able to get a hold of Cehovsky and he went to police headquarters. He told police he was upset over the phone conversation. He said his wife began to hit him first and he pushed her away by her face and grabbed her jaw and neck in an effort to protect himself. He denied trying to choke his wife and police said he also had bruises to his face and neck.

Cehovsky was taken to St Vincent’s Medical Center around 5 a.m., after making several statements that he “was going to die.” He was later released back into police custody and charged.

Cehovsky was released after posting a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Bridgeport later on Monday. A Remington shotgun was seized by police for safekeeping.