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Wagner man arrested for aggravated domestic assault

WAGNER -- A man has been arrested in Charles Mix County for allegedly assaulting and choking a woman. Charles Kocer Jr., 39, of Wagner, was arrested June 2 after police received a call from an unknown third party saying that a woman had been push...

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WAGNER - A man has been arrested in Charles Mix County for allegedly assaulting and choking a woman.

Charles Kocer Jr., 39, of Wagner, was arrested June 2 after police received a call from an unknown third party saying that a woman had been pushed out of a car.

The victim told police that she and Kocer were driving from Dante to Wagner when Kocer became angry and pushed her out of the vehicle while it was traveling between 60 and 70 mph.

The victim said Kocer had hit her in the back several times while they were in the vehicle and that when she and Kocer, both of whom were allegedly intoxicated, arrived home, Kocer grabbed her neck and squeezed. Police noted multiple scrapes and bruises on the woman, including some around her neck.

Police entered the room Kocer was sleeping in and unsuccessfully tried to wake him before handcuffing him and placing him under arrest. Once in a patrol car, Kocer was found to have a BAC of 0.103 percent.

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Kocer is charged with aggravated domestic assault, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $30,000.

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