Palmer told police he had become upset in the course of the argument on Thornton’s property and shoved his girlfriend to prevent her from entering the vehicle. He then told police he walked away from the altercation to prevent further fighting.
Police then spoke with the woman who said Palmer had punched her three times in the arm and she had exited the vehicle, crying and wanting to leave with the children.
When she tried to enter the driver’s seat, she told police Palmer halfway entered the passenger side and kicked at her. She then exited the vehicle and when she attempted to re-enter the vehicle, “Mr. Palmer began slamming the driver-side door into her arm several times,” according to the police report.
Police then spoke with several witnesses who stated they saw Palmer push the woman across an empty parking space and into a parked car. They reported Palmer had also slammed the driver-side door approximately five times while the woman’s arm was between the door and door frame.
Palmer was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with D felony domestic battery. He was later released from Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional facility on his own recognizance, even though a $30,000 court-cash bond had previously been issued, according to jail officials.
Controlled substance found in vehicle
A traffic stop was made by Clarksville police about 11:15 p.m. Friday after clocking a pickup truck driven by Charles Lucas, 34, of North Carolina, traveling 52 mph on Lewis and Clark Parkway.
The officer noted in the police report “a strong odor of alcohol coming from the cab and as well from [Lucas] and his breath,” after the stop was made.
When Lucas was asked by the officer if he had been drinking, he said he had not.