Chattanooga: Police officer charged with domestic violence

Chattanooga: Police officer charged with domestic violence

January 25th, 2011 by Kate Belz in Local - Breaking News

A Chattanooga police officer was arrested Tuesday after a woman claimed he pushed her during an argument, police said.

Chattanooga police have charged Officer Leroy Wright Jr. with one count of domestic simple assault and relieved him of duty, police said.

The charges stem from a complaint made by Dayna Hightower-Cox, 29, who claimed to be a friend of Wright's. According to an affidavit of complaint, Hightower-Cox told police that she and Wright got into an argument on Dec. 12, 2010. She said Wright pushed her onto the sofa, held her down, prevented her from using the phone to call police, and slapped her with an open hand.

In the affidavit, Wright claimed he and Hightower-Cox had been involved in a sexual relationship for a year and a half. According to Wright, he pushed her onto the sofa after seeing her at a bar with another man. When she called police, she hung up, so Wright said he took the phone from her. He said he stayed at the residence until police arrived, but that at the time Hightower-Cox did not want to press charges.

The Chattanooga Police Department Internal Affairs Division is currently conducting an investigation into the allegation, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

Wright is currently suspended with pay pending the outcome of the court disposition and internal affairs investigation, Weary said.