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D.C. police captain arrested, allegedly choked wife

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Local,Crime,Aubrey Whelan

A D.C. police captain was charged with second-degree assault after, court documents allege, he choked his wife in the back seat of a SUV in Prince George's County this weekend.

Police Capt. Lamar West, of Upper Marlboro, was arrested just before 3 a.m. on Monday at the intersection of Frank Tippet Road and Angora Drive, according to a criminal complaint filed in district court in Prince George's County. West's wife told police that the two had gotten into an argument in the backseat of an SUV driven by another woman. The argument became physical, according to the complaint, and the woman driving eventually stopped the vehicle as the fight escalated.

By the time the vehicle stopped, West was choking his wife in the backseat, according to court documents. Another man who had been sitting in the front seat intervened, opening the passenger side door and pulling West off his wife, according to the complaint.

West and the male passenger scuffled on the ground, according to court documents. At the time, West was wearing his service weapon, and the male passenger managed to kick the weapon underneath the vehicle.

The male passenger held West on the ground until police arrived on-scene, according to the complaint. West was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital after sustaining injuries in the fight with the male passenger. He was released from the hospital and booked a short time later.

West was released on a $10,000 bond and is due to appear in court on Nov. 13. As a condition of his release, he is forbidden from having any "violent contact" with his wife, according to court documents.

On the department's website, West is listed as the director of the Police Business Services Division, which coordinates records processing, fingerprint analysis and licensing special police officers and security guards.

A D.C. police spokeswoman said she hadn't heard of the arrest, and MPD representatives were unavailable to comment on the department's procedures regarding the arrest of an officer by press time. Typically, the department investigates alleged criminal incidents and refers cases to its Discipline Review Board.

West was not available when a reporter phoned his residence on Thursday.

-- Examiner Staff Writer Ben Giles contributed to this report.

awhelan@washingtonexaminer.com

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