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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:24 am

A man is in custody after police said he tried to choke an acquaintance and was found in possession of methamphetamine on Friday.

Around 3 a.m., Lodi police responded to a call on the 500 block of East Walnut Street, where a woman reported that she was arguing with a man about “everything,” said Sgt. Val Chaban of the Lodi Police Department.

She told police that the man, Donnie Bettencourt, 36, tackled her, placed his hands on her neck and began choking her, Chaban said. But she was able to break free, unharmed, and call the police.

Officers found that Bettencourt was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, Chaban said.

He is currently being held in San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and inflicting corporal injury. Bail was set at $60,000, and Bettencourt is scheduled to appear in court today.

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