Three Forks City Councilman Matt Jones faces jail time on a misdemeanor assault charge after being arrested on suspicion of choking and pushing a woman.

Jones, 35, pleaded not guilty Tuesday after appearing in Gallatin County Justice Court. He was released on $500 bond after spending two days in the Gallatin County jail.

Three Forks Mayor Gene Townsend said he didn’t think Jones violated the oath of office. He said it was unlikely the councilman would face ramifications from the city.

“The only details I know is there was a (dispute) and that the police were called,” Townsend said.

According to court documents:

Jones got into an argument with a woman at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Jones “placed her in a choke hold and slammed her arm in the exterior door several times” before throwing her out a door.

The woman ran away. Deputies found the woman and observed marks on her neck and left forearm.

Deputies then questioned Jones at his house.

Jones told deputies he had pushed the woman. He said the woman then kicked the door open.

Jones was arrested after talking with deputies.

Jones didn’t return the Chronicle’s phone messages Friday.

Jones is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22. If convicted, he faces a maximum one year in jail and $1,000 fine.

This story appeared in the Chronicle and at on Saturday, July 9.