PA man indicted for choking officer

Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted David Richard Osteen, 29, for assault on a public servant after allegedly choking one officer and head butting and forcibly grabbing another officer in late October.

The charge is a third degree felony.

Police were sent to the 3800 block of Gulfway Drive for a leaving the scene of an accident call. Port Arthur Police Officer Shelby Harper was flagged down by a firefighter who pointed towards the reported suspect who was walking away, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant. The officer tried several times to get the suspect to stop and even chased after him at one point.

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The warrant states the man grabbed the officer by the throat, squeezing, and pushed her away thus knocking the breath out of her.

Police chased the man to his mother’s house in the 3400 block of 15th Street as Officer Green and Officer Daws arrived to help. The suspect head butted Daws in the mouth and grabbed him on the back of the arm causing him to receive medical treatment.

The man was taken into custody and brought to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment for injuries from the vehicle accident before being brought to the jail.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grant jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.