Reserve officer who was hailed as hero found not guilty in domestic battery case
Update (August 19, 2016)– Ray Hurt was found not guilty on all charges.
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2016) – A reserve Speedway police officer who was hailed as a hero earlier this year now faces legal trouble.
Reserve officer Ray Hurt has been arrested on domestic battery charges following an altercation Wednesday involving his girlfriend, police said. Police said the woman told officers that the incident was only verbal in nature. She later said she’d been physically battered. Charges were filed and Hurt was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.
Hurt was patrolling in the 5500 block of West 16th Street on New Year’s Day when he saw smoke coming from a home. He found former sprint car driver Greg Staab on the floor after passing out from smoke inhalation. Hurt picked him up and dragged him out of the house.
Staab’s girlfriend, Penny Stewart, died in the fire.
Hurt served as a reserve with the Speedway Police Department for nine years. He has resigned, according to the department.