Officer charged in assault on his wife during a dispute at couple's home Hearing set for Monday; suspension possible


A 25-year-old Baltimore police officer was arrested early yesterday and charged with repeatedly hitting his wife in the neck, face and arms during a dispute in their Northwest Baltimore home.

Officer Daniel T. Nicholson, who is assigned to the Western District and has been on the force for 2 1/2 years, is scheduled for an administrative hearing Monday. He could be suspended from the force.

Police said the incident occurred about 1: 45 a.m. in the couple's house in the 6600 block of Eberle Drive. They said Nicholson was arguing with his wife, Nicole Nicholson, 27.

The woman called police and reported an assault. Officer Nicholson had left with the couple's 2-month-old daughter by the time officers arrived. They said his wife had bruises on the back of her head, on her face and on her arms but declined medical treatment.

Police said she told officers that she did not want to press charges. "She said she was not trying to get her husband in trouble with the Police Department and did not want to press charges if her husband had to be arrested," the police report says.

City police are required to arrest suspects in domestic-abuse cases when there is evidence of an assault. Officer Nicholson turned himself in at the Western District station yesterday morning and was processed at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Pub Date: 4/05/97

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