LITTLE ROCK — A former girlfriend of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, remained in the Pulaski County jail on a battery charge Wednesday after allegedly hitting Hutchinson with a preserved alligator head, police said.
Little Rock police were dispatched to Hutchinson’s home shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in response to a report of a fight, according to a police report. Officers saw injuries on both Hutchinson, 38, and his ex-girlfriend, Julie McGee, 39, of Little Rock.
An ambulance was called to the scene, but Hutchinson and McGee refused treatment, police said. Officers then transported both to a police office in west Little Rock for questioning.
Hutchinson had a bleeding wound on the left side of his head, just above the ear, according to the report. He told police McGee had hit him on the side of the head with a small preserved alligator head.
McGee had a swollen lip, scratches on her wrists and redness on her left arm. She told police Hutchinson had thrown her onto a couch, but police concluded that the injuries were not consistent with her story and were too old to have happened in the fight.
Police arrested McGee on suspicion of third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor. She was booked into the Pulaski County jail, where she was still being held Wednesday afternoon. Hutchinson was released without charges.
Hutchinson, a lawyer, told the Arkansas News Bureau he and McGee broke up several months ago. He said he has had problems with her in the past.
"This has been an ongoing problem, and last night I didn’t have any other option but to call the police, and so I did," he said.
Hutchinson said he was not seriously injured in the incident.
"I’m fine," he said.
He declined to discuss the incident in detail, saying there is a chance he could be called to testify in court.
Hutchinson served three terms in the Arkansas House before being elected to the Senate in 2010. He is running for re-election with no Democratic opponent.