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Man arrested for attempted strangulation, drug charges

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Derek Drussel | Madison County Jail

REXBURG — A man was arrested Saturday on charges of felony attempted strangulation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and malicious injury to property.

Derek Drussel, 24, was booked into the Madison County Jail after the Rexburg Police Department received a call from his neighbors that he and a woman were fighting.

“He left in a vehicle and our officers were able to stop him,” Capt. Gary Hagen tells “We interviewed the victim and she advised that he had tried to choke her and broke her phone.”

Hagen says the woman had marks on her neck consistent with the injuries. Drussel also admitted to having drug paraphernalia.

If convicted, Drussel could spend up to 15 years in prison. He is expected to make his first court appearance Monday in Madison County.