MAUMELLE — Former professional boxer Jermain Taylor was arrested early Tuesday after a disturbance at a Maumelle residence, authorities said.
Police arrested Taylor on suspicion of domestic battery, terroristic threatening and interference with emergency communication. Terroristic threatening is a felony and the other offenses are misdemeanors.
Maumelle police spokesman Capt. Jim Hansard said officers were dispatched to a residence in Maumelle on a report of a domestic disturbance. At the scene they found Taylor and Ashley White, who told the officers Taylor attacked her during an argument.
She also told police Taylor had tried to damage her cellphone to keep her from calling 911 and that he had bitten her several times. White said she attempted to flee but Taylor prevented her from doing so, so she pepper sprayed him in the face and then was able to leave the residence.
Taylor chased White down the street and threatened to kill her, she reported.
Officers noted in their report that they saw bite marks on White’s left arm and face and noticed “the odor of intoxicants” on Taylor.
The Maumelle Fire Department also responded and decontaminated Taylor of the pepper spray. He was released from the Maumelle Police Department with a no-order contact and a court date.
Taylor was a bronze medal winner in the 2000 Olympics before beginning his professional career that ended in 2014. At one time, he was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world but has had regular run-ins with law enforcement in central Arkansas since retiring.