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LOWELL -- A 51-year-old city man with a history of drunken-driving offenses was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail after being accused of assaulting his ex-wife.

In Lowell District Court on Friday, David J. Schreib, of 221 Hildreth St., first floor, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery and threats.

Judge Laurence Pierce ordered Schreib held on $7,500 cash bail with conditions that he stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim.

Prosecutors allege at 6:27 p.m. on Thursday, Lowell police responded to Schreib's address for a report of a domestic assault. The alleged victim, Schreib's ex-wife, told police she and her former husband live together and they began to argue over his drunkenness.

The victim alleges during the argument, Schreib jumped off the couch, grabbed her by the throat, pinned her against the wall and began to choke her, saying, "I will kill you with one hand.''

But defense attorney Jeanine Mercure asked that Schreib be released without bail, saying her client denies the allegations.

While Schreib has three prior drunken-driving convictions in Massachusetts and two open drunken-driving cases in New Hampshire, Mercure noted he has no record of violence.

Mercure described the alleged victim as someone who has an alcohol problem and has been living in Schreib's home for the past three months.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 7.

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