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Charges filed after assault on officers

McQueary held for alleged strangulation

A Duncansville man faces charges after he allegedly strangled a city police officer, court documents stated.

Cory M. McQueary, 36, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones on a felony charge of aggravated assault with attempts to cause bodily injury.

Police accuse McQueary of assaulting officers during an altercation Thursday on the 1400 block of 12th Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, police made contact with McQueary and discovered the odor of “an intoxicating beverage” emanating from him, and as another police cruiser arrived on scene, McQueary allegedly attempted to flee from police officers.

As police grabbed McQueary and tried to put him in handcuffs, he allegedly grabbed the officer and attempted to punch him in the ribs, police reported.

The complaint said McQueary, who was dragged to the ground by other officers on scene, put his arm around the officer’s neck, which made it difficult for the officer to breathe.

McQueary allegedly did not release his hold on the police officer until another officer deployed pepper spray, police said.

According to the docket, McQueary also faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, escape and summary public drunkenness.

McQueary was remanded to Blair County Prison in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 3 before Jones.

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