DENVER (CBS4) – Court documents released on Monday state Troubleshooter Tom Martino hit his wife in the face after trying to keep her from getting out of a car.
A Denver police officer arrested Martino at Interstate 25 and Auraria Parkway on Friday night.
The probable cause statement in the case states Martino tried to keep his wife from getting out of a car while it was stopped at a red light.
According to that paperwork, Martino hit his wife when they kept arguing.
Martino now faces charges of assault and disturbing the peace.
In a Facebook statement, Martino said both he and his wife had been drinking and they are seeking counseling.
Martino has appeared for years on various TV and radio stations in the role of a consumer advocate and filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
Martino’s Facebook Posts
The following are two different statements Martino posted on Facebook on Dec. 22 after the arrest:
Holly and I remain deeply in love and committed to each other and to our family.
The incident that happened Friday night was a foolish mistake.
We were both drinking too much. We got into an argument that escalated over a struggle for a cell phone. We were both inadvertently injured and we were not trying to hurt each other.
My over-reaction was uncalled for. I am ashamed of my behavior. I should’ve walked away. I also believe alcohol was a major catalyst. We are dealing with our issues through professional Christian spiritual counseling, with mutual love and support.
We advise anyone dealing with these struggles to seek help before there is an incident.
I realize I have many detractors … and they will use this as “ammunition” as always. That is part of life. But for those who know my heart and soul … for those supporting and loving Holly and I through this and other rough times recently, we want you to know how much we appreciate you.