Richard E. Rightsell Jr., 29, Terre Haute, was formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office with one charge of class D felony strangulation, one charge of class D felony assisting a criminal, one charge of class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, two charges of class A misdemeanors battery resulting in bodily injury, one charge of class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, one charge of class B misdemeanor failure to stop after accident resulting in non-vehicle damage and one charge of class D felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
According to court documents, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the undisclosed scene of a domestic dispute in the Harmony area involving at least one adult and a juvenile.
Upon questioning the people at the scene, Deputy Brison Swearingen and Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke determined Rightsell apparently physically assaulted Rebecca L. Snyder and an unidentified juvenile.
Rightsell fled the scene, with officers in pursuit, until he left his vehicle near the intersection of County Road 800 North and Harmony Road and fled on foot.
K-9 Officer Forrest tracked Rightsell's scent to a nearby field and detained the suspect without injury by holding on to the sleeve of his coat until officers were able to take him into custody.
Medical personnel performed a physical check of Rightsell's body at the scene, confirming he was uninjured. Field sobriety testing provided information that Rightsell had at least a .20 blood alcohol content (BAC).
Rightsell was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center.
Appearing before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers Monday, Rightsell, who has yet to employ a defense attorney, was advised of the formal charges.
An informal plea of not guilty was entered on Rightsell's behalf with a pre-trial conference date set for 1:30 p.m., April 14 and a jury trial scheduled for 1:30 p.m., July 28.
Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times that Rightsell remains incarcerated on a $25,000 bond, with no 10 percent allowed, as of Monday evening.