Domestic assault complaint leads to drug charges for victim

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By Jennifer Caldwell

A domestic assault led to the arrest of the defendant and the victim last week.

When LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker arrived at Village Apartments last Saturday Jessica Brandenburg stated that Wayne Curtis Coker, 23, of 1180 Whitman Hollow Road, had come to the residence and accused her of infidelity. Brandenburg then reported that Coker allegedly hit her in the back of the head with an unopened beer can before striking her in the face several times with a pair of nunchucks.

While Brandenburg was taken to St. Mary’s emergency room to be treated for her injuries, officers arrested Coker at his Whitman Hollow residence.

During the course of the investigation, Brandenburg, 23, of 132 Jones Trailer Lane, found herself in some trouble as well. While at the home Rucker reported seeing several straws with residue, a burnt light bulb, a smoking pipe and burnt aluminum foil which she allegedly stated she and Coker used for illegal drug use.

In addition to assault charges Coker also found himself facing burglary charges as well.

Coker was allegedly seen by Brandenburg breaking into a vehicle and stealing $80 in cash. The owner of the vehicle said Coker did not have permission to be in the car.

Brandenburg, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Coker was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.