Williams man arrested on domestic battery, drug charges

WILLIAMS – A Williams man was arrested on a warrant early this morning after a domestic dispute on March 1.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to Dive Christian Church on Peerless Road after a report of an accident. On the way to the scene, Lawrence County Central Dispatch told officers there was a domestic situation happening at the scene.

When police arrived they found a blue Ford Focus in a ditch on the west side of Peerless Road.

A person on a tractor was pulling the vehicle out of the ditch.

Airon Lagle

The male driver 30-year-old Airon Lagle, of Williams, was helping the tractor owners. A female passenger was found standing in the church parking lot. 

Lagle told officers he and his wife were traveling south on Peerless Road and he had his cell phone in his lap when he received a notification. His wife picked up his phone and he told her to give it back. She wouldn’t, so he reached over to take it from her. When he did, she grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to veer into the ditch.

The couple’s two children were also in the vehicle.

The officer reported he saw scratch marks around Lagle’s neck. He told the officer his wife had scratched him a few days ago. He did not want to file charges.

Officers spoke to the female passenger. She told officers they were traveling south on Peerless Road and her husband’s cell phone received a notification. She reached for his phone and while doing so her husband veered to the left, attempted to recover causing the vehicle to go off the roadway into the ditch.

After crashing the vehicle, he began calling her names and struck her one time in the face below her left eye with his fist. He then exited the vehicle.

The officers noticed redness and swelling under the woman’s left eye and a small laceration on the woman’s right hand. Officers believed the laceration was caused when the passenger side window shattered during the accident.

The woman said at that time, she did not want to file charges but she might at a later date.

Officers issued a citation to Lagle for driving while his driver’s license was suspended.

The Department of Child Services was also contacted.

The report was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Lagle’s arrest on charges of domestic battery with a prior conviction, domestic battery in the presence of a minor, and neglect of a dependent.

During the time of his arrest, officers discovered Lagle in possession of drugs and he now faces new charges of possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and needs help, call Hoosier Hills PACT 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-883-1959 or visit their website at https://www.pactchangeslives.com/

The agency can provide emergency assistance with shelter to those in domestic violence situations.  Hoosier Hills Pack also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.

If you know something, say something. Send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov or call Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700. All calls are confidential.