LOWELL -- When Dracut police arrived at a Mammoth Road home on Wednesday for a report of a disturbance, they found a female victim in the driveway screaming and crying, prosecutors said.

The victim told police that she had a fight with her boyfriend because he failed to pick her up from work, forcing her to walk home.

During the fight, the victim told police that her boyfriend, Ryan G. Bunker, allegedly spit in her face, threw a set of keys that hit her in the back, slapped her face, and then pushed her face into a blanket as if to suffocate her, according to prosecutors.

The victim was able to escape and met police in the driveway.

In Lowell District Court on Thursday, Bunker, 22, of 1116 Mammoth Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness.

While prosecutors asked to revoke Bunker's bail on a pending motor-vehicle case and sought $500 cash bail on the new case, defense attorney Paul King argued the two cases are unrelated and Bunker has a short record.

Judge Barbara Pearson denied the revocation request, but did order Bunker held on $500 cash bail with conditions that he not abuse the victim and abide by any restraining order that may be granted.

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