A woman who went to the police station Saturday evening, claiming she had been battered by her ex-husband, was the one who ended up in jail after she allegedly battered a Linton police officer outside the Linton Police Department building.
Amanda M. Stahl, 31, was arrested on the scene and transported to the Greene County Jail where she was held without bond.
She appeared in Greene Superior Court Tuesday afternoon and was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, a class D felony, and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.
Stahl first attracted attention when she approached Officer Brock Garrison of the Linton Police Department when he was on a traffic stop on County Road 1225W just north of Linton.
Garrison wrote in a probable cause affidavit that Stahl told him she had been battered by her ex-spouse. She pointed to her arm and face but the officer said he did not see any signs of battery. He instructed her to go to the police department and he would have a sheriff's deputy come and take a report.
When Garrison got back to the department, she was sitting in the front lobby. When she identified herself, he remembered past instances of altercations between her and her ex-spouse and thought it might be possible that a protective order against her might be in force. He asked the dispatcher to run a check and something else turned up.
Stahl had an active warrant out for her arrest -- on a petition to revoke probation/suspended sentence from some prior conviction.
Garrison said when the dispatcher informed Stahl she was wanted, she grabbed her coat and ran out the front door. The officer ran out the west door and apprehended her. He said she resisted forcefully then turned toward him -- she ended up on the ground and a struggle ensued. Garrison said he was kicked and he scraped his knee on the concrete.
A firefighter across the street at the Linton Fire Department witnessed the incident and came to help.
Stahl was cuffed and carried to a police car but refused to cooperate so she was assisted in getting in the back seat.
On the way to the jail, she allegedly attempted to open a door and jump out of the car and she allegedly attempted to kick out the window of the car.
Garrison wrote that after they arrived at the jail, Stahl's abusive and violent attitude continued to the point she had to be restrained by jail staff.
Jail records indicate Stahl resides in Bedford.
Stahl remains behind bars with no bond. She is scheduled to be in court again on Friday for a hearing on the petition to revoke.