Major Crimes Detective David Catchings, Jr. is charged with simple assault. This is his second arrest within the last four months. Catchings was already on paid administrative leave following a DUI arrest back in September.
"We at the Chattanooga Police Department, and I personally as the chief executive, take domestic violence very, very seriously," said Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. "We have absolutely no tolerance for domestic violence amongst our employees."
Police were called to Catchings' in-laws' Hixson home around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Catchings' mother-in-law, who had a swollen nose, said the officer hit her in the face after she told him to leave.
She told police he'd been drinking most of the night and was driving his Dodge Charger around to buy beer.
According to the affidavit, Catchings told her to "Go ahead and call the cops. They will believe me before you because I'm a cop." More at the link above. Also Chattanooga Detective Arrested For 2nd Time In 3 Months December 31, 2014 www.chattanoogan.com/2014/12/31/291163/Chattanooga-Detective-Arrested-For-2nd.aspx A Chattanooga major crimes detective has been arrested for the second time in three months. Etc.