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Trooper Choked During Brighton Arrest

March 22, 2012

BRIGHTON, VT - An Island Pond man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly put a state trooper in a headlock and choked her until she couldn't breathe.
The trooper, Debra Munson of the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks, was able to break the hold, chase the man down and take him into custody.
Thirty-year-old Adam Verge is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, burglary and unlawful mischief. He was lodged at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.
Trooper Munson was responding to a report of a burglary in progress when she went to Brighton.
According to the police report filed in the case, a woman reported that Verge tried to force his way into her house and was breaking things.
Munson reported that Verge had kicked the door in and done some damage.
Trooper Munson spoke to Verge outside the residence and attempted to arrest him, but he resisted arrest, pushed her away and fled, she reported. Trooper Munson gave chase and attempted to subdue Verge several times before the struggle ensued in which Verge head locked Munson. When Munson broke free, Verge fled again and the trooper pursued.
Trooper Munson sustained minor injuries.

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