Whitewright mayor arrested accused of assaulting woman in Austin

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WHITEWRIGHT, Texas (KXII) -- The Mayor of Whitewright was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in an Austin motel last month.

Whitewright Mayor, Jeremiah Looney, spent about two hours in jail after he was arrested in Austin last month.

Records state police were called after someone at the motel heard a woman yell "let go of me."

Ryan Murphy works downtown and lives in Whitewright.

"I just read the story in the newspaper and I find it rather shocking. It's hard to believe but then again I don't know much about it," Murphy said.

Looney's pro-marijuana stance led to the resignations of five city officials back in May.

According to an arrest affidavit, Looney's girlfriend told police he shook her and pulled her hair during argument at a motel.

But Looney told police he never put his hands on her.

Murphy says in a small town like Whitewright, people are bound to start talking.

"I imagine those who have are probably talking about nothing else but it really just kind of depends. I'm sure it'll be a major topic of conversation very quickly," said Murphy.

Bryan Butler, has lived in Whitewright for five years and voted for Looney.

He believes the whole story hasn't been told.

"There's two sides to every story, she might have pushed his buttons or he might have had a hard day at work," said Butler

Our calls to Looney, his girlfriend and city staff were not returned.

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