Local man tries to choke girlfriend

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Attempting to choke his girlfriend is one reason a local man is behind bars.

Jara D. Weston, 31, of the 600 block of Midland St., Minden, was arrested for domestic abuse with strangulation and resisting an officer.

According to Minden Police Chief Elect Jared McIver, Sgt. Jeremy Sitter and Off. Heather Feeback were dispatched to the Midland Street address in reference to a physical disturbance.

“Ofc. Reece Tewell was already on scene and when the others arrived, they found Tewell with his duty weapon drawn and pointed at the basement door,” McIver said. “The officer said Weston was barricaded in the basement.”

McIver said Feeback also drew her service weapon and Sgt. Sitter drew his department-issued taser.

“After officers gave several loud verbal commands, Weston opened the basement door and walked out,” McIver said. “He refused to put up his hands, and his body language was aggressive, with teeth clinched, nostrils flaring and hands clinched.”

Sitter tased Weston one time to no avail. It required two more taser discharges to put Weston on the ground, however he reportedly refused to follow instructions to roll onto his stomach to be handcuffed.

“It took a fourth time before Weston complied,” McIver said. “While on scene, it was determined Weston choked his girlfriend to the point of almost becoming unresponsive several times during an altercation. He choked her with his barehands in front and then placed her in a rear choke.”

Weston was booked and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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