Police: Lakeside woman arrested after assaulting husband with can of tomato sauce

Katherine Lavigne (Coos County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

LAKESIDE, Ore. -- The Coos County Sheriff's Office arrested a Lakeside woman on domestic assault and drug possession charges after police say she reportedly injured her husband with canned foods.

Early Friday evening, deputies responded to a residence on N. 3rd Street in Lakeside for a reported domestic assault.

Deputies learned an argument had begun at 3 a.m. when the husband of 53-year-old Katherine Lavigne inquired where she had been, the report said.

Deputies obtained evidence and witness statements that led them to believe she used a can of tomato sauce as a weapon and assaulted her husband, according to the report.

"The victim had bruising on his thighs from can foods being thrown at him and he had been punched in the head at some point," the sheriff's office said. "The assault had been witnessed by other occupants of the home."

During her arrest, Lavigne asked to place some personal property back into the residence and, according to police, when she was returning her property to the residence, a deputy observed something concealed in Lavigne’s hand.

When asked about it, Lavigne turned over a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, police said.

Lavigne was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail.

She was booked on one count of second degree assault (domestic) and held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Lavigne will be referred to the District Attorney’s office on the additional charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

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