Hesperia woman admits she put officer in ‘choke hold.’

June 20, 2016
Kimberly Cushman with her attorney, Joshua Eldenbrady.

Kimberly Cushman with her attorney, Joshua Eldenbrady.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — Kimberly Sue Cushman, 31, of 3585 N. Maple Island Rd., Hesperia, pleaded “no contest” Monday, June 20, in 27th Circuit Court to resisting police, admitting that she put an officer in a “choke hold.”

In exchange for her plea, Cushman’s jail time will be capped at six months, and she may be eligible for work release.

Cushman and her boyfriend Maxwell Turple, 28, were both charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing police stemming from a May 1 altercation in Newfield Township in which a taser was deployed by police in order to restrain them.

“I physically put my hands on an officer,” she testified Monday. “He was tasing my boyfriend.”

Cushman said Turple left the scene of an accident prior to the altercation with the officers. “I was sleeping,” she told Judge Anthony A. Monton. “I reacted in the worst way way I could. I put him in a choke hold.”

Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said Cushman was “highly intoxicated.” Cushman’s attorney, Joshua Eldenbrady said both Cushman and Turple were drinking that night. Cushman said she could not remember much of what had happened, and therefore entered a “no contest” plea.

Turple also faces a felony count of firearms – short-barrelled rifle – manufacture/transfer/possess. A short-barrelled shotgun was seized by police.

The deputies from Oceana and Newaygo counties suffered only minor injuries.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 15 at 9 a.m.