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Police: Newport News man chokes officer while resisting arrest

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Posted at 3:45 PM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-24 08:18:04-04

Newport News, Va. – A allegedly man choked a Newport News officer while resisting arrest after stealing a truck from a Grand Rental Station in the 12500 block of Warwick Boulevard Saturday afternoon.

Officers responded to reports of a stolen box truck in a parking lot in the 400 block of Oriana Road around 3:10pm, and that there was at least one man inside the truck.

Upon arrival, two officers approached the driver side of the truck while two other officers approached the passenger door. The man inside the truck was later identified as 28-year-old Orestes Thomas Guerra.

Officers asked Guerra to show his hands as they opened the door.  Guerra was uncooperative, and began to argue with the officers. One of the officers attempted to control Guerra’s hands when he grabbed the officer around the throat and began to squeeze and push him against the truck.

A second officer began to strike Guerra in order to release his grip. The victim officer was also hitting him with his fists. Once released, a third officer attempted to use his taser but missed.

Guerra continued to resist arrest when the victim officer then deployed his taser. Guerra then got out of the car, but continued to ignore officers instructions to lie on the ground. The taser was then activated a second time as officers kicked his legs. Guerra was then brought  to the ground and handcuffed.

Neither the man or victim officer needed medical attention.

Guerra has been served with warrants charging him with one count of assault and batter on a law enforcement officer, strangulation, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.