JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro police officer arrested in southern Indiana is facing domestic battery charges involving his wife.
A Clark County Sheriff's Office arrest report says an accident with injuries was reported at 11:53 p.m. Feb. 1 on County Road 403 near Ray's Lawn and Garden. While heading to scene the officer was told two people were fighting in the parking lot of the business.
Once at the scene, the officer found a man on top of Jonathan Osborne, 34, of Louisville, in an apparent attempt to hold him down. The man told police he intervened after Osborne assaulted Mrs. Osborne.
The report says Osborne appeared "very intoxicated" and smelled strongly of alcohol. He was placed in handcuffs before being checked by EMS for injuries.
The witness said his vehicle was behind the car containing Osborne and his wife heading west on County Road 403 when the Osborne's car made a sharp right turn and hit a parked tractor which struck the building.
When the witness and his passenger went to check for anyone injured, Osborne cursed at them. The report says Osborne then walked over to his own wife and punched her in the face before kicking her in the head after she was down on the ground. The witness said he got involved after Osborne started to choking Mrs. Osborne.
Osborne's wife told police the couple had left a Super Bowl party and she was driving the car. During the drive home, she said Osborne punched her in the face causing her to serve the car hitting the tractor.
Mrs. Osborne was taken to Clark Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Osborne faces charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery, battery, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and public intoxication. Police said they had to place a shield on Osborne's face because he tried to spit on officers. They also had to restrain Osborne's feet while taking him to the Clark County Jail after he tried to kick out a window in the police car.
In a statement, Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesman, said, "We are aware of the charges our officer is alleged to have committed in Indiana. Officer Osborne is afforded due process and we will await the results of his case in court. In the meantime, the Chief has initiated a Professional Standards investigation into this matter and, therefore, in accordance with KRS 15.520 we are prohibited from speaking further on this particular case."
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