LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A prominent Louisville businessman was arrested on Monday on a wanton endangerment charge after an alleged domestic dispute.
Police say Christopher A. Thieneman, 48, was arrested after a woman claimed he tried to strangle her during an argument Monday afternoon.
An arrest report says the two were arguing inside the victim's car at N. Ewing Avenue and Brownsboro Road when Thieneman got out of the car and started walking down the street with her phone. The victim then told police she stopped her car in the middle of the road after Thieneman got out, and she walked to her nearby business to call police and Thieneman followed her.
The victim told police that Thieneman pushed his way through her business and the two fought over the phone and he put his arm around her neck and tried to strangle her.
Police say during the fight someone stole her car. The car was recovered Tuesday morning, abandoned in the 2500 block of Lindsay Ave.
WAVE 3 spoke with Frank Mascagni, Thieneman's attorney, who says the whole incident was a big misunderstanding and the truth will come out.
"Certainly he is under more scrutiny than any normal John Q. Public," said Mascagni. "He is disappointed and saddened that the relationship with this woman has deteriorated to this, but we will defend him in a court of law."
Mascagni says Thieneman never hurt the woman, the phone belonged to him, and he's the one who called 911.
Thieneman was released on his own recognizance after only spending a few hours at Metro Corrections. He is expected in court September 19.
Despite numerous attempts, Thieneman has never won election to public office. Thieneman ran in the Republican primary for Congress in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District in 2008. In May 2010, Thieneman ran as a Republican for mayor of Louisville Metro, but lost.
In the spring of 2012, Thieneman filed to run for 37th District State Senate seat, narrowly defeating former Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins in the Republican primary in May. Thieneman lost by a wide margin in the November general election.
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