State Police officer in choking case resigns

May 15, 2014 • State News

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer who authorities said choked a man attempting to repossess his vehicle has resigned.

Charles Vernier wrote in a letter sent Monday that [auth] he was stepping down from his position to focus on his mental health.

The letter was addressed to New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and other high-ranking officers.

Los Lunas police arrested Vernier earlier this month at an apartment complex after officers found him restraining a tow truck operator in a chokehold. After Vernier was ordered several times to time the man go, police say he ran from officers but was handcuffed after he fell a short distance away.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and interference with a police.

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