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Police: Edinburgh man choked woman during argument

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An Edinburgh man reportedly choked a woman until she played dead, according to police.

Dana L. Lucas, 47, 7914 S. County Road 650E, Edinburgh, was arrested early Friday on a charge of strangulation.

A woman called police Nov. 22 to report an argument. A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy saw that she had bruises and red scratch marks on her arm, according to a police report.

She told the officer that Lucas left after they argued that night, but that, the evening before, he threatened her with his fist and smashed her phone after a struggle in which she used chemical spray on him.

She said she then attempted to leave, but he reportedly grabbed her by the hair, threw her face-first to the ground and got on top of her.

He then grabbed her wrists from behind and pulled them back in a criss-cross fashion, choking her to the point of unconsciousness, according to the report.

She told police she played dead, and he let her go saying, “Well I’ve had you here for 35 minutes, so I guess I will let you up,” the report said.

Police arrested Lucas on a warrant because he had driven away, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

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.

Lucas was being held Friday at the jail on $5,000 bond.

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