Centralia man charged with battery to police responding to domestic disturbance

MARION COUNTY — A domestic disturbance call Wednesday night led to a 37-year-old man being taken to the hospital for an alleged injury and then arrested for alleged battery to police.

Emanuel Neal (Source: MCSO)
Emanuel Neal
(Source: MCSO)

Centralia police responded to a call from a residence on East Cormick, where Emanuel Neal was reportedly arguing with his mother. While she was on the phone with dispatchers, Neal reportedly yelled that they better come with a bunch of police.

Officers say that upon their arrival, Neal had fallen off the deck of the home. He then reportedly proceeded to fight with officers attempting to cuff him before they administered pepper spray and he was secured.

Neal was ultimately taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital but again became combative while being decontaminated to allow for treatment of a leg injury suffered in his fall.

Police say he continued to fight officers after being released from the hospital and transported back to the police station for processing.

He was ultimately taken to the Marion County Jail and was charged in court Thursday with two Class 2 felony counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer and misdemeanor resisting a peace officer.

Neal remains in jail with bail set at $15,000. He is next scheduled in court September 6, with court appointed counsel.