- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn police report says an officer saw state Sen. Thomas Whatley shove down his fiancee and then arrested the Auburn Republican on a domestic violence misdemeanor.

The report, filed in Auburn Municipal Court, contradicts statements issued last week by Whatley and his fiancee that no violence occurred.

Whatley’s attorney, Don Eddins, said Tuesday, “Senator Whatley and Lindsay Waits maintain that no violence was involved. They stand behind their statements.”

Auburn police arrested Whatley on Dec. 9 on a charge of third-degree domestic violence.

The police report said officers were investigating a report about a homeless man sleeping on a bench near Chewacla Drive. They heard arguing and approached Whatley’s house. They saw a woman, who was standing between Whatley and a vehicle, tell Whatley to go back in the house. Whatley “turned around like he was going to walk into the house,” the report said.

“Whatley then turned back toward the female, grabbed the female by the arm and forcefully shoved her down on the brick steps and concrete porch.”

Whatley was approaching the woman lying on the porch when the officer told him to get on the ground and grabbed him the arm. Whatley complied by dropping to his knees, the report said.

The report said the woman gave officers a short statement but refused to sign it. She also declined medical treatment. Whatley declined to write a statement after being taken to the Lee County Jail, the report said.

Whatley issued a statement after his arrest last seek saying he loves Waits and would never be violent toward her. She issued a statement through Whatley’s attorney that said neither would hurt the other, and the matter was a misunderstanding.

Whatley was elected to his second term in the Senate on Nov. 4. He has a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 15.

Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves in Auburn, Alabama, contributed to this report.

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