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Area crime briefs

Here is a roundup of felony charges recently filed in county courthouses within The Daily Republic's print circulation area.

Aurora County

In early February, Nicholas Mette, 18, was accused of choking Aurora Plains Academy employee Gary Syme. Mette is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

According to court documents, Mette approached Syme from behind on Sept. 17. Syme said in his statement that Mette "wrapped both his arms around my neck and attempted to choke me."

Two other employees came to Syme's aid and restrained Mette.

"After the hold Nick made some alarming comments," Syme said in his statement. "'I wish I could have gone all the way and choke you all the way out.' I took this as he wished to kill me."

Brule County

An Oacoma man was arrested in late January for eluding a law officer at high speeds and posing danger to his passenger.

Christopher Arbach, 22, is charged with aggravated eluding. He was driving on Interstate 90 outside Chamberlain on Jan. 26 when his vehicle began to swerve. Highway Patrol Sgt. John Koenig attempted to stop Arbach, according to court documents. Arbach instead exited I-90 and sped up south of Chamberlain, going approximately 80 mph. Four miles south of Chamberlain, Arbach's vehicle overshot a driveway, went into the ditch and ran into a fence, damaging the vehicle. His blood alcohol level was 0.16. The legal driving limit is 0.08. He allegedly admitted to drinking six to seven beers and four shots of alcohol. His passenger was reportedly intoxicated, as well, and was at risk of injury during the pursuit because he was passed out, according to court documents.

Aggravated eluding carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Hanson County

An Alexandria man is accused of choking his girlfriend and throwing a wooden rocking chair on her.

Jason Dossett, 43, is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, the victim said on Jan. 24, Dossett threw a rocking chair from the second floor loft of their home onto her while she sat in a chair on the main floor. He then allegedly attacked her with his hands on her throat, and she feared he was going to kill her.

The court documents state the victim had multiple bruises and scratches consistent with her story. Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley interviewed Dossett, after which Dossett was arrested for domestic aggravated assault.

Lyman County

A Presho woman is accused of taking prescription pills from the mother of the children she was babysitting.

Brenna Scott, 22, is charged with obtaining possession of a controlled substance by theft, misrepresentation, forgery or fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The victim told law enforcement 11 pills were missing from her prescription bottle and that Scott was the only other person who had been in her home. Scott told law enforcement she babysat for the victim on Jan. 28 and at first denied taking any pills from the home. Shortly afterward, she admitted to taking three pills, which she produced for law enforcement, court documents say.