BICKNELL — The police chief at a small southwestern Indiana police department was arrested by Indiana State Police on Tuesday after allegedly attempting to interfere in a criminal investigation.
According to a report from the Evansville post of the Indiana State Police, a Bicknell police officer went to the Knox County Prosecutor's Office on Monday and turned over a laptop that possibly contained evidence of officer misconduct on another Bicknell police officer.
State police said on Tuesday around 8:30 a.m., Bicknell police Chief Terry Stremming arrived at the prosecutor's office and reportedly demanded the laptop back into his possession. Stremming allegedly attempted to remove it from a desk. A 51-year-old woman, an investigator at the prosecutor's office, put her hands on the laptop to prevent Stremming from taking it. Troopers said Stremming allegedly put his hands on the woman and attempted to push her out of the way. Stremming then left the prosecutor's office without the laptop.
Indiana State Police arrested Stremming around 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bicknell Town Hall on suspicion of official misconduct and suspicion of battery, both level 6 felonies. He was taken to the Knox County Jail where he was released after posting bond.
The incident remains under investigation.