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Man accused of choking girlfriend

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A New Whiteland man was arrested after police said he choked his girlfriend, and he faces additional charges as police said he spit on officers and tried to kick them.

Ronald J. McClure, 31, 433 Hollybrook Drive, was arrested on charges of strangulation, battery, battery by body waste, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana.

While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

Greenwood police were called to an apartment in the 500 block of West Smith Valley Road after a person staying there reported breaking up a fight between McClure and his girlfriend. The caller said he and a friend were getting ready to sleep when they heard screaming from the bedroom and saw McClure on top of the woman, the report said.

The woman told police that McClure had been drinking, started yelling at her, climbed on top of her and started choking her, the report said.

McClure began swearing at police and lay down on the bed with his arms underneath his body when officers attempted to arrest him. Police handcuffed him; and while they were waiting for a jail van, McClure tried to kick officers, the report said. Police also found a marijuana smoking pipe in his pocket and other smoking pipes in the bedroom.

McClure spit on one of the jailers at the Johnson County jail, the report said.

He was being held at the jail on a $9,000 bond.

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