LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A state police officer who was caught on camera putting a repo man in a chokehold and then trying to run from police has resigned.
State police officer Charles Vernier handed in his resignation Monday, less than two weeks after he was arrested for aggravated battery and interfering with police.
In cellphone video from the incident in Los Lunas, 6-foot-5 Vernier is seen holding a man by his neck for at least eight minutes.
According to Los Lunas police, that man had been trying to repossess Vernier’s Nissan Xterra.
Los Lunas police got Vernier to finally let the man go by pulling out a Taser.
Vernier then refused to let police handcuff him. He ran a short distance away from police and fell.
While talking to police, Vernier insisted the repo man had assaulted him and that the repo man should be arrested.
At the time of the incident, Vernier was already on paid suspension from state police.
Sources told KRQE News 13 state police was investigating if Vernier was mentally competent to be an officer.
In Vernier’s resignation letter, he wrote it’s in everyone’s best interest if he resigns and concentrates on restoring his mental health to a quote “functional state.”
Vernier’s resignation was effective as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
According to state police, Vernier had been with the department for two years.