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Asotin Co. Undersheriff Arrested for Domestic Battery

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A member of the Asotin County Sheriff's Office is now facing a charge for domestic violence. Undersheriff Scott Coppess's wife told police he hit her in the face.

According to court documents, just after 2:30 Sunday morning. Lewiston police received a call about a domestic violence situation.

When they arrived at the home on Pioneer Drive in Lewiston they found a "visibily shaken" woman, identified as Scott Coppess's wife.

Officers describe her as having a bloody, cut lip.

She explained she and Scott had been in a verbal argument around 10 P.M. on Saturday before she left to sing karaoke at a bar.

When she returned home around 2 A.M., they started arguing again. Then it turned physical.

Coppess, who had been sleeping when she came back, told officers his wife had yelled at and hit him. She confirmed to officers she had "struck Scott back."

Scott Coppess admitted to slapping her in the mouth and was taken into custody. He now faces a misdemeanor charge of battery for domestic violence, entering a not guilty plea Monday.

Coppess is scheduled to appear for a pretrial on January 23rd. There's also a no-contact order in place

Police have been called to four separate domestic incidents at the Coppess residence since 2006, however there have never been any criminal charges against him.

Coppess has worked for the Asotin County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He's been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

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