Wells man charged with choking another man

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Wells man is facing multiple felony charges in Faribault County District Court after allegedly choking a man in December.

Adam Carl Zuehlke, 29, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation, misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.

Court documents state Zuehlke was charged after a Wells police officer was dispatched to a Wells address on the report of two relatives involved in a physical altercation.

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Officers reportedly removed Zuehlke from his position on top of the victim, and he eventually complied with officer commands and was handcuffed.

Court documents state the alleged victim had difficulty breathing, but indicated he did not need medical attention.

Zuehlke allegedly pushed against an officer and struggled with him before he was placed in a squad car.

A witness told police the two relatives had been drinking and got into a verbal argument. She said she did not see who made initial physical contact, but did hear the alleged victim tell her that Zuehlke was choking him and to call 911.

The alleged victim said Zuehlke took him to the ground after they argued and placed him in a chokehold. The alleged victim had asthma and had difficulty breathing, court documents state. Redness was reportedly seen on the lower part of the alleged victim’s neck.

Zuehlke allegedly admitted grabbing the alleged victim by the neck and holding him down.

Zuehlke appeared in court on the charges on Monday. He has an omnibus hearing Feb. 13.

Domestic assault by strangulation carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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