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Charleston police officer charged with domestic battery

Charleston police officer Stephen Doss is charged with domestic battery after a weekend incident in Putnam County. (PHOTO: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

A Charleston police officer already on administrative leave has been arrested in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident in Putnam County.

Putnam County deputies charged Stephen Doss on Monday with one count of domestic battery.

Deputies say the incident happened on Saturday at his home in Eleanor. The alleged victim, Doss' wife, claims Doss, who was heavily intoxicated, slapped her and scratched her face during an argument.

According to the criminal complaint, Doss, his wife and another person went to a bar on Saturday evening and were traveling back to Eleanor from Teays Valley when a verbal argument occurred between Doss and his wife.

According to the witness, sometime during the car ride, Doss slapped his wife and scratched her face. Once home, deputies said, Doss threw his wife's phone into the neighbor's yard, kicked the witness' car and threw various items out of the home into the yard during a "drunken rant." The witness told deputies that when he was walking out he "heard another slap" and called 911 because he feared for his safety, as well as Doss' wife.

Chief Deputy Eric Hayslett said Doss would have been arrested Saturday night but he was too intoxicated and had to be taken to the hospital by paramedics.

Doss was arrested Monday and posted a $5,000 property bond, which was posted by his mother.

Doss is currently on administrative leave from the Charleston Police Department after an incident in January 2016 when he was responding to a 911 call and struck an elderly woman's car.

In that incident, Doss rushed to get to an Orchard Manor apartment after a pregnant woman frantically called saying she had been assaulted by a man with a knife.

As he rushed down Washington Street West, Doss was not using his lights and siren when he struck a car being driven by Dora Clarke, 80. She later died from her injuries.

In December, Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentenced Doss to one year probation and 10 days of community service in connection with his guilty plea to misdemeanor emergency vehicle violation.

Doss had originally been indicted on negligent homicide, authorized emergency vehicle violation and speeding charges.

Kanawha County prosecutors said they plan to file a motion to revoke Doss' probation.

Police Chief Steve Cooper says the department's professional standards division is in contact with Putnam County officials and will be conducting an internal investigation.

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