Salem woman pleads guilty to felony battery of sheriff’s deputy

MARION COUNTY — A 48-year-old Salem woman arrested last month after asking a Marion County deputy for a ride to the “nut hut” was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to time served after pleading guilty to felony aggravated battery of a peace officer.

Denise Dulaney was arrested in early August, after deputies responded to a home in Kinmundy on a call of an intoxicated female.

Upon arrival, Dulaney told the deputy she wanted to go to the ‘nut hut’, but he decided to take her to Salem Township Hospital for evaluation.

As they were driving to the hospital, Dulaney threatened to kill the deputy. Concerned about what Dulaney may have in her purse, he pulled over at the Kinmundy-Alma Fire Station.

But when he attempted to take her purse, she grabbed his face and attempted to get out of the squad car.
She was ultimately taken to the Marion County Jail charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, where she remained until Tuesday, with bail set at $15,000.

She was sentenced Tuesday to 28-days in jail, with 28-days served, and 4-years probation. She was also ordered to complete medical/mental treatment, as well as drug and alcohol treatment and pay court costs.