A Memphis TV station has reported that a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer has resigned his job after his recent arrest. The trooper quit after being arrested and charged with domestic assault, aggravated assault and drug possession.
WMC reported that a utility company employee saw the officer’s wife crying outside the couple’s home. The worker called Tipton County Sheriff’s Office. Tipton County is about 34 miles northeast of Memphis.
According to a police report cited by WMC, deputies responded to the call but encountered the agitated trooper who was “screaming at them to ‘get off his property.’” The trooper allegedly shut a door on a deputy’s hand, causing a minor injury.
Deputies reported that the trooper returned to the front door holding his 11-month-old son.
The TV report also states that the trooper’s wife apparently told the deputies that he had been yelling at her.
At some point, the deputies went into the home, where they later reported finding marijuana and paraphernalia in a kitchen cabinet. The media’s version of events did not include a reason why officers were searching the home.
The former state trooper had been with the Highway Patrol for two years.
Aggravated assault is typically a felony in Tennessee, though aggravated assault against a state employee can be a Class A misdemeanor. Punishments for various degrees of the charge can include incarceration for between one and 15 years in addition to enormous fines, restitution and more.
If you face charges that include domestic assault or aggravated assault, contact a Memphis criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights at every step of the legal process.