A Pennsylvania state trooper, Ronald Davis, has been arrested on multiple charges, including strangulation and false imprisonment. Davis is accused of abusing his state power to have his ex-girlfriend improperly committed to a mental facility last month. The charges against Davis include felony strangulation, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and official oppression.
According to documents filed by the Dauphin County district attorney’s office, Davis physically attacked his ex-girlfriend, resulting in injuries to various parts of her body. The incident occurred when Davis and other troopers confronted her at a state park on August 21, attempting to bring her to the hospital against her will. Video evidence shows Davis restraining her in a “wrestling-style hold” despite her pleas that she couldn’t breathe.
Davis allegedly used his police email to contact county officials and provided texts from his ex-girlfriend threatening suicide to secure an order for her institutionalization. However, the court documents state that the texts were part of a larger domestic dispute and did not indicate a true desire to harm herself.
Davis is currently suspended without pay and is being held at Dauphin County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 2.