PUNTA GORDA - A former North Port commissioner is facing charges of battery after police say he and his girlfriend got into a fight Saturday night.
Police say Garofalo was fighting with his girlfriend in the parking lot of a Punta Gorda bar around 2am. Garofalo and the victim initially denied the altercation.
According to deputies, Garofalo had a fat lip and bloody nose, which appeared to be defensive wounds.
He was taken arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail.
Garofalo lost his commission seat during the November elections. He also faces DUI charges in Indiana from last May.