PITTSFIELD -- A city man remains free after denying assault to murder charges for allegedly choking his girlfriend during a dispute early Thursday on Scammell Avenue.

Shawn Davis, 45, allegedly grabbed his 38-year-old girlfriend by the neck, dragged her to the ground and put his forearm against her throat, cutting off her air supply, according to the Pittsfield Police.

The woman told police she had been attempting to get away from Davis for six hours because he was "very drunk" and yelling at her.

She said she wasn't injured and didn't want Davis arrested. Davis was arrested and charged with single counts of felony assault to murder and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Davis told police the woman had bitten him on the arm the day before.

Davis pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday and was released by Judge Michael J. Ripps on personal recognizance with the conditions he refrain from abusing the woman and from drinking alcohol. He is due back in court July 31.