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Officer injured during arrest

June 18, 2020 - 06:00
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Two Madison police officers received minor injuries June 14 as they were trying to arrest a Madison man who refused to get out of his car.

According to reports, officer Emily Fitchjarrell conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Ranger connected to a domestic incident earlier that morning that was traveling north on Hwy 83 near the new Love’s truck stop.

The driver, 49-year-old Clayton Glenn Stewart, told Fitchjarrell that he had argued with his wife about finances but that nothing physical occurred during the argument. When asked for his driver’s license, he told her it was at his home. It was determined that the license was suspended.

While speaking with Stewart, officers reported the smell of an alcoholic beverage. When Stewart was asked to exit the vehicle, he refused and reached for the keys to start the vehicle. Cpl. Stacy Eaton was able to prevent Stewart from starting the car, and he and Fitchjarrell were able to get Stewart out of the car and on the ground.

Once Stewart was handcuffed, Eaton realized his face was covered in blood, and he wasn’t sure how he had been injured. During the struggle, Eaton’s sunglasses had carved a gash in the top of his head. Fitchjarrell also sustained cuts as well as injuries to her hand and neck.

After the arrest, Morgan County EMS told Eaton he would not require stitches.

According to reports, Stewart may have attempted to strike Sgt. Lash of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office during the incident as well.

After Stewart was put into Fitchjarrell’s car, he coughed and screamed that he “had the corona” virus.

Officers found three rifles and an open bottle of whiskey in the truck.

Stewart was charged with obstruction of officers, DUI, open container and driving while license suspended.