NAMPA - A Nampa police officer is recovering at home after a suspect in a disturbance choked her while she attempted to arrest him Sunday afternoon, police said.
The female officer, who is a 16-year veteran of the department, was called to a disturbance at a home on West Crestwood Drive at about 1:20 p.m.
Police say the officer confronted the suspect, who was carrying a large stick. The man, identified as 20-year-old Jeremiah Heady, of Nampa, was told to drop the stick, but he reportedly refused the order. Investigators say the officer was able to get the stick away from Heady, but when she tried to arrest him, he resisted and starting to fight with the officer.
At one point, Heady was able to get behind the officer and place his arm around her throat, police said. Heady surrendered once more officers arrived at the scene.
He now faces charges of felony battery on a police officer, resisting and obstructing and officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Heady was booked into the Canyon County Jail and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to a Nampa hospital where she was treated and released. Police say the severity of her injuries are not known at this time, pending further tests.