Man arrested after breakup results in stopped traffic, fight

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 3, 2013) – A relationship gone sour resulted in a fight that also stopped traffic on the northwest side Monday night.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers were called to the 7700 block of Michigan Road around 10:15 p.m. Monday in response to a fight. Several vehicles were stopped in the middle of the road because of the disturbance, police said.

When officers arrived, they found 29-year-old Broden Burgess of Indianapolis being pinned against the ground by another man. The driver told police that a woman ran in front of his Nissan Altima, causing him to slam on the brakes. Burgess was chasing after the woman, the driver told police. The woman tried to get in his car; the driver said Burgess then opened the driver’s side door and punched him in the nose.

The driver responded by getting out and pinning Burgess against the ground. Another witness corroborated the account, the report said.

According to police, the 24-year-old Westfield woman had blood on her face and said Burgess tried to choke her. She explained that the two had been in a relationship and that Burgess was angry at her for breaking things off. She was dating someone else, the woman said.

She told police Burgess “strangled her to the point that she had passed out” and left “red marks around her neck,” the report said. The woman said she thought her nose was broken from where Burgess had hit her. Police said the blood on the woman’s face came from her nose and a cut on her forehead. Medics treated her on the scene.

Burgess was arrested on charges of felony battery, strangulation and criminal confinement.