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Mitchell man arrested for choking woman in car

A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman at a gas station while in possession of methamphetamine. At 11:58 p.m., Mitchell police were dispatched to a gas station on South Burr Street after receiving two 911 calls reportin...

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A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman at a gas station while in possession of methamphetamine.

At 11:58 p.m., Mitchell police were dispatched to a gas station on South Burr Street after receiving two 911 calls reporting a man and woman fighting.

An officer spoke with the woman, who had gone inside the gas station with her baby, according to court documents. After the woman and 30-year-old Anthony Bissell arrived at the gas station in the same vehicle, the woman reportedly got into the driver's seat and pulled forward, at which point Bissell, thinking the woman was trying to hit him with the car, got angry, hit the side of the car and broke the driver's side mirror off.

The woman told police Bissell then got into the passenger seat, held his arm around her throat, making it difficult for her to breathe, and punched her in the face once. She then started honking the car's horn, screaming and waving her arms to get the attention of someone nearby.

When questioned, Bissell reportedly "denied anything physical happened but stated he was just giving her a hug," the documents said.

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Police allegedly observed red marks on the woman's neck, and witnesses confirmed her story.

Bissell was searched, and two clear plastic bags were allegedly found in his pockets. One reportedly had a white substance inside it that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, while the other had white residue in it.

Bissell was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and intentional damage to property of $400 or less.

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