Man Arrested After Choking City of Newburgh Police OfficerAug 7th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
On August 4, 2012 just after 5:00 AM, City of Newburgh Police Officer Christina Schluter responded to Williamsburgh Drive for a report of a vehicle on the caller’s front lawn. Upon Officer Schluter’s arrival she saw a 1999 Acura parked on a front lawn resting against the homeowner’s bushes.
The driver was still inside the vehicle, later identified as 32 year old Ucial Vidals of City of Newburgh.
Vidals was in a semiconscious state and was slumped over the steering wheel. Officer Schluter opened the driver’s door and reached in to turn off the ignition and attempted to wake him. Vidals started to wave his arms at her, pushing her away and attempted to restart the vehicle. Schluter reached in to remove the keys from the ignition and that’s when Vidals placed her in a choke hold obstructing her airway. He continued to squeeze tightly and would not release her.
Officer Schluter applied pressure to a pressure point on Vidal’s face allowing her to break free. She then removed him from the vehicle onto the ground where she was able to handcuff him.
Officer Schluter was treated at St. Lukes Emergency Room and released.
Based on a breath test Vidals blood alcohol content was determined to be .14%. He was charged with felony counts of Driving While Intoxicated, a felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st degree based on a previous driving while intoxicated conviction, felony Assault 2nd upon a police officer and misdemeanor Strangulation 2nd degree.
Vidals was held pending arraignment.