A Joliet police detective was arrested over the weekend after allegedly hitting his girlfriend multiple times during an argument, authorities have said.
Crest Hill police received a call about a domestic violence incident about 9:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Root Street. A family member of the victim contacted the police about the incident, Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said.
When officers arrived, they met with a woman who had “obvious signs of injury,” Clark said. He said the woman had blood on her face and bruising on her arms, elbows and knees.
The woman claimed her boyfriend, Joliet police Detective David Jackson, 47, of Plainfield, had struck her after the two got into an argument, Clark said. He said he wasn’t “100 percent sure” what the argument was about.
“It’s not really clear. It sounds like it may have been a monetary argument,” Clark said.
He said the argument reportedly occurred about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The alleged victim is the same woman who filed a protective order against Jackson in 2009. She accused him of being controlling. She later voluntarily withdrew her petition, according to court records.
Jackson was not on the scene when officers arrived, Clark said. The officers tried to make contact with him, and they eventually were able to reach him by phone, he said. Crest Hill police consulted with a Will County judge and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office on the case, Clark said.
Jackson declined to answer questions about the incident Monday. He told The Herald-News to contact his attorney.
“Everything is still pending,” he said.
Will County Judge Theodore Jarz signed a warrant for Jackson’s arrest Sunday. The warrant carried a $20,000 bond.
Jackson faces a domestic battery charge for allegedly slamming his girlfriend to the ground.
Clark said the officers were trying to locate Jackson, but they couldn’t immediately find him, and it seemed like “he was in a vehicle.”
Jackson eventually surrendered himself to Joliet police at 7 a.m. Sunday. Clark said Jackson was able to post his bond, and he was released.
Jackson does not appear in the Will County jail log.
Clark said if Crest Hill police had found Jackson, they would have taken him into custody, but because he had an arrest warrant he could turn himself in at any police department in Will County.