CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans police arrested the daughter of the Kanawha County sheriff early Saturday on a charge of domestic battery.
Ashley Dawn Rutherford, 26, "physically attacked" her mother, Diane Scarberry, following an argument at their home in St. Albans, St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee said.
St. Albans Police Patrolman D.F. Wyatt was called to Scarberry's house around 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a report that a woman was "violent and out of control," Agee said.
Wyatt found Ashley Rutherford in a bathroom, "very upset, screaming and cursing." She smelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech, Agee said.
Scarberry told the officer her daughter was upset about wrecking her car a short distance from their home, and a verbal argument between them became physical, Agee said.
The officer saw red marks around Scarberry's neck and noted her necklace had been ripped off. Three other people saw the altercation and gave statements to the police, Agee said.
Rutherford was being held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bail on Tuesday.
Sheriff Johnny Rutherford did not want to discuss his daughter's arrest on Tuesday.
In September 2007, St. Albans police arrested Ashley Rutherford for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said she tried to elude them by speeding up her car before striking a stop sign near Fairfield Street, according to court records.
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