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County cop charged with assaulting wife

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County police officer and his wife were arrested Sunday after allegedly getting into a marital spat at their Dacula home.

Jason Summers, 28, and his wife Brandy, 26, were screaming at each other when police arrived at the house about 8 a.m., according to a police report.

Summers told an officer he was having a dispute with his wife because she hadn't come home the previous night and he suspected she was having an affair. He claimed Brandy tried to slap him, so he pushed her away. She then began to shove and hit him, Jason told police.

Brandy's story differed.

She told police her husband was waiting for her and was "very upset" when she returned home from spending the night with friends. She claimed Jason began slapping her in the face, then threw her to the ground and began choking her. She said Jason broke her cell phone when she tried to call 911 and smashed the remote that operates her car alarm and door locks.

An officer confirmed that the remote and cell phone were broken, but no marks or bruises were observed on Brandy.

Both Jason and Brandy did agree on one thing. They said there had been prior incidents of domestic violence between them, however none of those disputes were ever reported to police. The couple told police they were undergoing marital counseling.

Jason was charged with misdemeanor simple assault and obstructing a 911 call. Brandy was also charged with misdemeanor simple assault.

Jason Summers hired defense attorney Matt Crosby to represent him on Tuesday. Crosby issued a written statement and said his office is investigating the alleged dispute.

"Although Jason has expressed a desire to comment, we have advised him against this, since this investigation is ongoing and charges are pending," Crosby said in the written statement. "It would be improper to publicly comment on the merits of the case at this time. Jason looks forward to the opportunity to fully address these allegations in the appropriate forum as soon as possible."

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, confirmed that a fellow officer and his wife were arrested Sunday on domestic violence charges, however Moloney declined to identify the officer. The officer is on administrative leave with pay, Moloney said.