Eudora police officer arrested after incident near Outhouse

A Eudora police officer was arrested over the weekend after an altercation in the 1800 section of North 1500 Road east of Lawrence.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested Thomas Clinton Leahew, 29, about 5 a.m. Sunday after a 35-year-old Bonner Springs woman reported Leahew struck her, causing minor injuries, according to Sgt. Steve Lewis. Lewis did not provide additional details about the incident. Leahew was charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday with misdemeanor battery.

At Leahew’s first court appearance Monday, Douglas County Assistant District Attorney James McCabria recused his office from the case, and a special prosecutor from Shawnee County was appointed.

Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker said Leahew, who has worked for the department for a year, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Walker declined to comment further on the case.

Douglas County District Judge James George released Leahew on his own recognizance. However, if Leahew fails to appear at court proceedings, he could be ordered to pay $1,000.

Leahew faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.