A Chattanooga Police Officer Arrested While on Administrative Leave
A Chattanooga Police officer, who's currently on administrative leave, is arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with domestic assault.
According to the arrest affidavit, Chattanooga police detective David Catchings,34, was taken to jail after allegedly hitting his mother in law.
The woman told police she woke up and found Catchings drunk on the couch after heavy drinking the night before. The woman then told Catchings that he needed to leave. According to the report, Catchings got upset and hit the woman in the face with an open hand.
The report states the two then got into an argument and the victim threatened to call police.
The woman says Catchings told her to "go ahead and call the cops, they will believe me before you because I'm a cop."
The woman did call police who arrived shortly after. They arrested Catchings and charged him with domestic assault.
This is Catchings second run in with police in the last six months.
On September 8th, while still active within the Chattanooga Police Department, Catchings was arrested for driving under the influence.
He was placed on administrative leave and is being investigated by internal affairs.