MASON CITY | A Mason City man is back in custody after allegedly assaulting the Nora Springs police chief at a hospital just eight days after being sentenced to probation in another case involving assault. 

Daniel Ray Tyree, 37, is charged with assault on persons in certain occupations.

Court documents say Tyree put Nora Springs Police Chief Jesse Dugan in a "choke-hold" at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa about 12:38 p.m. Wednesday, "with the intent to injure or asphyxiate him.”

“The defendant did so by putting his forearms around Chief Dugan's throat and positioning himself behind Chief Dugan,” the criminal complaint said. “Chief Dugan was in his department's full uniform that is clearly marked police.”

Mason City Police Capt. Mike McKelvey said someone was able to intervene and assist Dugan, who did not sustain serious injuries or require hospitalization. 

Court documents didn't say why Dugan brought Tyree to the hospital. Dugan didn't immediately respond to a phone message from the Globe Gazette seeking additional details Thursday. 

On Jan. 10, Tyree also allegedly admitted to a Mason City police officer that he used methamphetamine and marijuana within the last one to two days, court documents state. 

Tyree is currently on probation in a previous case, where he was charged with felony first-degree burglary for breaking into a man's house and jabbing him with a bed rail in September 2016. Court documents say the man sustained two bleeding scratches. 

Tyree pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree burglary in October 2017. 

Judge Rustin Davenport on Jan. 2 sentenced Tyree to a suspended prison sentence not to exceed 10 years, a suspended fine of $1,000 and four years of probation. 

Tyree is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Jan. 19.

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