Cop Watch

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Officer arrested twice in domestic dispute

A Portland police sergeant arrested Saturday and released on a charge that he assaulted his wife found himself in jail again Monday for trying to contact her — a violation of his bail agreement.

Sgt. Eric Burton Torgerson was arrested at 12:23 a.m. Monday for trying to make arrangements to meet his wife — the two are divorcing — through a mutual friend, Clackamas County sheriff’s officials said. The 11-year Police Bureau veteran posted $7,500 bail Monday, the same amount he paid Saturday to be released from jail on the assault charge.

Torgerson, 36, has been accused before of using poor judgment and excessive force.