According to information provided by the Brazil City Police Department, officers took John Edward Tolan III, 39, into custody after investigating a report of a domestic dispute on South Alabama Street.
When officers arrived at the scene, a female victim and those who witnessed the assault were interviewed. During questioning, the victim reported an argument with Tolan turned violent inside a vehicle.
The victim alleged she was slapped, choked and held down by Tolan during the incident.
Witnesses reported Tolan, who had also allegedly broken the vehicle's ignition key during the struggle, had left the scene before the officers arrived.
Meanwhile, officers received information of suspicious male matching Tolan's description staggering and running through yards in the area of Mechanic and Ridge streets.
When Tolan was later located in the reported area, he struggled with officers and refused to be taken into custody.
Tolan was transported to the Clay County Justice Center where he struggled again with officers and jail personnel when informed of the charges.
He was preliminarily booked for class D felony strangulation, class A misdemeanor domestic battery, class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, class A misdemeanor criminal mischief and class B misdemeanor public intoxication.
On Friday, Tolan appeared by videoconference to enter a not guilty plea before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers. He informed the court he would be hiring his own legal counsel. Akers established a no contact order on behalf of the victim in the case and issued Tolan a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed). A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 15.
Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Friday evening Tolan remained incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.