A Hortonville man was arrested in New London Wednesday night after he reportedly tried to take an officer’s weapon during a scuffle.
New London police pulled over a vehicle for a minor traffic violation at about 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Mill Street and Beckert Road.
Two officers made contact with the driver and passenger and noticed what smelled like marijuana smoke. They told the iccupants to step out of the vehicle.
According to the New London Police Department, the passenger exited the vehicle and immediately ran away. One of the officers pursued the passenger on foot. When he saw the man reach toward his waist band area, the officer used a Taser to subdue him. However, the Taser was ineffective because the suspect was wearing several layers of clothing.
Police say the chase continued as the suspect threw items from his pockets as he fled. The items were later recovered and police reorted that they were found to be illegal drugs.
The officer was finally able to catch the suspect and escort him to the ground.
According to police, the suspect violently resisted arrest and choked the officer with one hand while attempting to take his weapon from his holster.
The officer was able to secure his weapon in his holster, while not being able to breath. He then hito the suspec ins head which caused him to release his grip on the officer’s throat.
The suspect was e handcuffed, checked for injuries and transported to the New London police station.
Police report that the suspect refused to identify himself and continued to be verbally abusive toward officers.
After giving the officers several false names, he was identified as 19-year-old Mario F. Silva, of Hortonville.
Silva was then transported and booked into the Outagamie County jail.
According to New London Assistant Police Chief Jay Zempel, Silva is being referred to prosecutors for charges of battery to an officer, strangulation, attempting to disarm an officer and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.