Former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz arrested on Christmas Day

The rocker was allegedly taken into custody following a bust-up a home

Former Anthrax guitarist, Dan Spitz, was reportedly arrested on Christmas Day.

According to TMZ, Spitz, who left the heavy the heavy-metal group in 2007, was arrested by officers at his home in Lake Worth, Florida after his mum phoned the local authorities to report the guitarist for allegedly chocking his wife.

Spitz is reported to have claimed that it was an act of self-defence and was later released from the local jail on Christmas Day after his wife dropped all charges against him.

Last year, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife Sandra were arrested on charges relating to domestic violence. Benante, was arrested late on July 27 and was taken into custody in Elkhart, Indiana after he and his wife allegedly argued in front of their young daughter Mia at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

The pair were released on July 28 after spending the night in jail and later appeared in court to answer the charges, reported local news outlet

Anthrax released their most recent album, ‘Worship Music’, in September 2011. It was the band’s first album for eight years and their first with singer Joey Belladonna since 1990’s ‘Persistence Of Time’.