Unity man charged in domestic violence-related incident assaults jail staff

By Ben Holbrook | Jun 03, 2014
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Unity — A Unity man allegedly assaulted a corrections officer after being taken to the Waldo County Jail on charges related to a domestic violence incident.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said deputies received a call at 6:32 p.m. June 1 for a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Unity. Douglas A. Penney, 44, was arguing with his girlfriend about another man who had stopped by the residence to see her, Trafton said.

Penney, who had bail conditions that he not commit any other crimes or use or possess alcohol, purchased a case of beer and began drinking, at which point he became enraged and threw his cell phone through a window of the residence, Trafton said.

When deputies talked to Penney, he admitted to throwing his cell phone through the window and that he had been drinking even though his bail conditions stated he could not have alcohol. Deputies arrested Penney and brought him to the Waldo County Jail.

While he was being processed at the jail, Penney became uncooperative and elbowed one of the corrections officers in the face, Trafton said. As a result, Penney was charged with assault in addition to violating his conditions of release and domestic violence criminal mischief.

The corrections officer was not seriously injured.

Trafton said Penney was still in jail as of Monday, June 2.

 

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