LOCAL NEWS

Domestic Disturbance Leads to Felony Charges After Suspect Spits on Officer

By Carlos Padilla

HERALD Editor

Local law enforcement officials had their hands full Saturday evening, Sept. 20, due to numerous calls for service – mostly domestic disturbance emergencies. One such call ended with a pair of felony charges for a Truth or Consequences man accused of battering a responding official.

Truth or Consequences Police Officer Anthony Zagorski, in a criminal complaint filed in Sierra County Magistrate Court on Monday, Sept. 22, details the events that led to the confrontation with 30-year-old Jason Paul Teske of the 500-block of Kopra Street.

Just after 11:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, Officer Zagorski responded to a residence in the 1800-block of Caballo Road in Truth or Consequences regarding a domestic in progress at that address.

“Upon arrival I heard two male individuals, later identified as Jason Teske and Jason Wagner, talking to each other saying everything was going to be okay and they were going to make it through this,” Zagorski notes in the court document.

When Zagorski announced his presence, both men reportedly stood in the kitchen area of the home, with Wagner eventually walking down the hallway where the officer could not see him.

Repeated requests to the men to open the door were met with profanity, according to the court document.

Within moments, Sierra County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Joey Provencio and New Mexico State Police Officer Justin Coburn arrived on scene to assist.

“After a few minutes of Teske yelling obscenities, he passed out and fell to the ground,” Zagorski noted. “I then watched Wagner come into the living room and grab Teske by the feet and attempt to pull Teske down the hallway but let go.”

Eventually, with an unresponsive man lying on the floor, officials kicked in the door to conduct a welfare check upon Mr. Teske. Once it was determined that Teske was in fact breathing, Wagner was located in another part of the home. Wagner was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a patrol unit.

Teske was transported to an ambulance, apparently still unresponsive. That ended, however, when Officer Zagorski advised the man that his warrant was confirmed and he was under arrest. Mr. Teske reportedly responded by spitting in Officer Zagorski’s face, followed by a slew of profanities.

While being transferred from the ambulance to the officer’s patrol car, Teske reportedly spat on Zagorski’s neck and arm.

Teske was transported to the Sierra County Detention Center, where he attempted to spit on Officer Zagorski a third time.

Mr. Teske was charged with two fourth-degree felony counts of battery upon a peace officer.

Teske is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

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