Highland News Leader

Police officer assaulted near downtown Highland

An unidentified officer with the Highland Police Department was allegedly assaulted Tuesday night, according to interim Chief Terry Remelius.

The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Kaitlyn Thongdee of Greenville with aggravated battery and resisting arrest Wednesday. Thongdee remains in custody at Madison County Jail. Her bond is set at $75,000.

Remelius said at approximately 7:50 p.m. officers responded to a call to 600 13th St., near the Erwin Weder Museum, concerning a female “possibly in need.”

“They wanted us to do a welfare check to see if that person was alright,” Remelius said.

Officers initially checked the area but did not locate the woman, according to Remelius. However, he said officers checking the surrounding area noticed Thongdee, who matched the description, in the 900 block of Broadway.

Remelius said Thongdee was uncooperative when she was approached by an officer. As the officer continued to investigate, Remelius said Thongdee became combative, striking and kicking the officer numerous times.

With help from an assisting officer, the officer was able to subdue her, according to Remelius. She was transported to Madison County Jail.

The officer was transported by Highalnd EMS to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Remelius said the officer was released with non-life threatening injuries.

Remelius would not release the identity of the officer. However, he did say that they are a 17-year veteran of the Highland Police Department. The News Leader reached out to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, but was not able to get an identification.

Sadness spread across the State Capitol on Sunday, July 17, 2016, when Sacramentans who gathered to rally support for police officers around the country, but were faced with the news that three more police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, La.

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