Pinal County court commissioner arrested for domestic violence

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Theresa Ratliff By Jennifer Thomas Theresa Ratliff By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The commissioner of Pinal County's family law court was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after an argument with her husband Saturday evening.

The Department of Public Safety received a 911 call at 6 p.m. from a man reporting that his wife had hit him and was refusing to let him out of their SUV on Interstate 10.

Sheriff's deputies went to the couple's Casa Grande home and police officers were already on scene.

According to sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney, Theresa Ratliff, 41, and her husband were on their way home from Phoenix when the assault took place.

Both Ratliff and her husband told deputies that they were arguing about marital issues.

Ratliff said she "inadvertently hit" her husband in the chest or arm with her hand during the argument.

Ratliff's husband said his wife was yelling and wouldn't let him get in a word edgewise. He told deputies that he was frightened because of the way his wife was driving so he told her to stop the vehicle and let him out. She refused and he called 911 for help.

Gaffney said the couple had signs and symptoms of recent alcohol consumption.

Theresa Ratliff was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count each of domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct.