COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a man suspected of choking a woman in a motel room Monday night. Officers had to stun the man to make the arrest.

Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Michael Richard Cathey on Tuesday on a felony charge of assault on a family member by impeding breath or circulation. Cathey also was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, search and/or transportation.

Guinn set his bond at $10,000 for the felony and $4,000 for the lesser charge. Cathey had not been booked in Coryell County Jail as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the arrest complaint, officers arrived in the 1200 block of East U.S. Highway 190 about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

They met with a victim who allegedly told police that Cathey struck her several times in the face before throwing her onto a bed and choking her, the complaint stated.

Cathey was not present when the police arrived, but as the first reporting officer was leaving the scene, he noticed Cathey return.

The officer requested Cathey come outside so he could make the arrest, but Cathey refused and slammed a door shut in the officer’s face, the complaint stated.

The victim then began to scream and the officer reportedly attempted to kick in the door, according to the complaint. Cathey supposedly put his body against the door and locked it, preventing the officer from breaking it open.

Other officers arrived and continued to attempt to gain entry to the room. After opening the door slightly, they still couldn’t fit through the doorway, the complaint stated. Finally, an officer broke a window to access the motel room.

Once inside, the officer drew a Taser and reportedly ordered Cathey to step away from the door, the complaint stated. Cathey allegedly refused, and the officer fired the weapon.

Several officers then entered the room and arrested Cathey as he reportedly continued to resist.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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