TIPP CITY — A Huber Heights Police Officer was arrested on Monday on a domestic violence charge in Tipp City.
Matthew Blair has served Huber Heights since 2001 and previously was an officer in the Madison Township Police Department.
Blair was arrested Monday after police were called to an address on Fourth Street. Blair’s wife told police they had gotten into an argument over finances and that Blair began throwing things. She was struck and injured by one of the thrown objects.
Police found a scene with dog food all over the floor, damage to a wall, and blood on the floor. The woman said Blair threw a ceramic dog food bowl which broke. The debris from the bowl cut her arm, finger, and foot.
He was transported to the Miami County Jail without incident. He entered a plea of not guilty in Miami Municipal Court on Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance.
A review of Blair’s personnel file in Huber Heights found that Blair has earned “fully competent” ratings on his performance reviews since 2001. He was called a “dependable, reliable, and solid officer” on one evaluation.
In 2015 Blair was credited with getting a woman “out of a potentially violent situation” after he forced his way into a home to intervene in a domestic dispute that could be heard outside. Once he forced his way in he confronted the suspect and used his Taser.
While undergoing a background check prior to his employment, a prior domestic incident in Kettering was noted. Ultimately it was determined that the case had been sealed and expunged because the incident was “deemed to not have occurred” by the court.
As such, the detective conducting the background check noted that the incident could not be used to disqualify Blair.
Blair is scheduled for a pretrial conference in Miami Municipal Court on October 6 before Judge Elizabeth S. Gutmann.
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