VB EMS captain facing strangulation charge

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach EMS captain accused of choking his girlfriend appeared in court Tuesday.

Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department told WAVY.com Capt. David Baust was arrested Friday and charged with felony strangulation. Baust’s girlfriend declined to talk to 10 On Your Side about the case.

WAVY News’ Erin Kelly spoke with Virginia Beach EMS spokesman Ed Brazzle who said the department would not be commenting on the case. He did say Baust’s work status would be reviewed Wednesday.

Baust is a first line supervisor in charge of seven paramedics, with 28 years of experience, Brazzle said. He turned himself in to police, according to the arrest warrant.

On Tuesday, a judge granted Baust a $2,500 bond and he was expected to go home in the afternoon. He declined to talk to 10 On Your Side, but his attorney, Scott Flax, said Baust was not a threat to the public.

“I think the facts will play out in the court that I don’t think the public has any concern for him,” Flax said.

Court documents show Baust filed a protective order against his girlfriend on the same day he’s accused of choking her. Virginia Beach Police said she has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and was released on a summons.

Baust is scheduled to return to court in April.

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