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Charges dismissed against Simsbury veteran

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Colby Esthus (Photo courtesy of Facebook) Colby Esthus (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
CANTON, CT (WFSB) -

The charges have been dropped against a Simsbury veteran accused of beating up his girlfriend and running her over with his truck in Canton over the weekend.

Police said Colby Esthus got into a verbal argument with former girlfriend, Shelby Mitchell, in the parking lot of Saybrook Fish House on Albany Turnpike at about 6:45 p.m.

Esthus allegedly punched her in the back of head, which caused her to fall out of his truck. 

Mitchell was taken to Saint Francis Hospital with "several lacerations" on her back, police said.

However, Mitchell later told police that she received her injuries after she fell out of the vehicle.

After the incident, Esthus was located on Washburn Road in Simsbury.

Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized from Esthus' truck, police said.  

Esthus, who has attorney said "a decorated war veteran with a perfect record," was charged with first-degree robbery and attempt to commit first-degree assault.

According to the arrest papers, Mitchell said she believes his behavior is related to post traumatic stress disorder From being in the Iraq War.

The documents go on to say that Esthus "appeared very remorseful" and admitted "needing help dealing with some issues related to his military time overseas."

On Oct. 28, the charges were dismissed against Esthus, police said. Mitchell also provided police with a Retraction of Accusation.

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