MELCHER-DALLAS — A law enforcement officer was injured while attempting to detain a person accused in a domestic assault case on Saturday.

Police have charged Andrew Paul McLaren, 29, of Melcher-Dallas, with domestic abuse assault third offense, a class D felony; and interference with official acts inflicting bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said that Melcher-Dallas Police Chief Jacob Hoch was first to arrive at 717 Highway G76 for a domestic disturbance call Saturday at 9:58 p.m. in Melcher-Dallas.

Police said as Hoch was seeking McLaren’s identification, McLaren became agitated. As Hoch was trying to get McLaren outside the residence and detain him, McLaren resisted and hit Hoch in the lip, causing a cut.

Hoch eventually was able to detain McLaren.

Police were called to the residence for a call that McLaren was fighting with his wife after both had been drinking. He has two prior convictions for domestic abuse assault out of Polk County in 2015 and 2016.

McLaren said he didn’t hit his wife and they were just arguing. The victim stated that McLaren made several threats toward her that made her fear for her safety.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at

Kyle Ocker has been the editor of the Knoxville Journal Express since November 2016. He formerly held the titles of sports editor and associate editor at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, a sister paper to the Journal Express.

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