Alleged wife-beater swallows marijuana, head butts deputy

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 4:34pm

A Bossier City man is behind bars after swallowing marijuana and head-butting a deputy at his home.

On Thursday, deputies met 45-year old Edward R. Zettler at his house in the 5200 block of John Wilson at around 3 p.m. to arrest him for abusing his wife the night before.

Police tell KMSS Zettler and his wife started arguing which led to an attack. Zettler allegedly hit his wife multiple times in the face and body, pushed her down and threatened her repeatedly. She was able to escape before noon Thursday and contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Department. She told deputies Zettler had physically abused her for nearly a year now, even in front of their 2-year old son. The woman had multiple bruises and a black eye at the time of the statement.

When deputies arrived at his house Thursday, Zettler stepped out onto the front porch, and when deputies asked him to empty his pockets for officer safety, Zettler pulled out a roll of cash and a bag of marijuana. He dropped the cash, but threw the marijuana into his mouth and swallowed it.

When a deputy instructed him to spit it out, Zettler threw back his head, hitting the deputy in the mouth with the back of his head. He was quickly subdued.

Deputies asked Zettler twice if he had any more drugs in his residence, and he repeatedly said, “No.” He then gave deputies consent to search the house, where they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the living room.

When agents arrived on scene, they also found a baggie of methamphetamine in his bedroom and even more meth and marijuana hidden in a shed in his back yard.

Zettler was arrested on charges of resisting an officer, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice and domestic abuse battery.

Deputies also arrested a second man in the house when they found him with marijuana. Harold J. Choate, 42, was charged with possession of marijuana (2nd offense), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men were taken to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking; Zettler's bond was set at $14,000, while Choate’s bond was set at $2,000.


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