Police sergeant a suspect in domestic case
August 18, 2005
A South Lake Tahoe police sergeant was held on suspicion of domestic battery after Douglas County deputies were called to his Johnson Lane home by his 11-year-old son.
Jeffrey Scott Reagan, 41, posted $3,000 bail and is to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Sept. 7 in connection with the Aug. 9 incident.
At the request of Reagan’s wife, the alleged battery victim, Justice Jim EnEarl lifted a no-contact order on Monday. He ordered Reagan to abstain from alcohol and said he is subject to random search and seizure for alcohol or controlled substances.
Reagan is on injury leave and, so far, no administrative measures have been made, said South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Don Muren.
“We will be awaiting for the initial court hearing to see what direction they take and then we will take an appropriate response following the court’s action,” Muren said.
Reagan’s wife asked the court to clarify her statement regarding the incident. She said that she has an anger problem and was partially responsible for the fight that was witnessed by the couple’s son.
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She said she felt pressured by deputies who responded to their home to make the statements she did. She asked to have the order lifted so she and her husband could undergo counseling and he could help with the property.
Two deputies and a sergeant responded to the Reagans’ residence at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 9 after their son called to say his father had tackled his mother as she was running to a barn on their property on Billy’s Road.
Deputies said Reagan smelled of alcohol and said he’d had “a few beers” earlier in the day at Zephyr Cove.
The victim said she and her husband had been arguing earlier in the day and he left. She and her son were driving around looking for Reagan during the afternoon. She said he refused to answer her calls so she left a message that she’d been hit by a drunk driver and their truck had been totaled.
When he came home, Mrs. Reagan said she told him she wanted a separation and she had removed money from their bank account.
Reagan took deputies through the house and pointed out damage to a door, a wall and a stair railing allegedly caused by his wife.
He said she kicked open the bedroom door and tore up his checkbook.
The mother and son accused Reagan of pushing her out the back door with such force that she landed on the lawn 10 feet from the back door, it was reported.