Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege last night, police responded to a disturbance at a residence in Chatham.

An argument between a man and woman, known to each other, escalated into a physical altercation as the man threw a hatchet resulting in the handle striking the woman in the head, police allege.

The 57-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with being in possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault with a weapon.

He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.