Drug arrest follows traffic stop
by Jon Mendelson
Sep 18, 2012 | 4585 views | 6 6 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police used a dog as they arrested a man on drug-related charges at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 11th and F streets after he reportedly did not initially pull over for police.

The man, whose name and age were not available at the scene Tuesday night, was arrested for allegedly possessing narcotics, possessing drug paraphernalia, failing to yield to officers and resisting arrest, in addition to two traffic infractions. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his leg.

According to Lt. Wade Harper of Tracy Police Department, police saw the man driving a blue minivan with unlit taillights and no rear license plate and signaled for him to pull over. Harper said police followed the man for “at least a quarter of a mile” west on 11th Street before he stopped at the Valero gas station, 153 E. 11th St.

“There was a failure to yield,” Harper said. “I heard that over the radio.”

At least nine police cars eventually arrived at the scene, temporarily blocking F Street north of 11th Street and forcing westbound cars on 11th Street to use the middle lane.

Harper said it was common practice for police to treat a driver who initially fails to yield to police as a high-risk stop.

The lieutenant alleged that when the man stopped and left the car, he tossed something aside and did not cooperate with police. Harper said the man kept his hands underneath his body while on the ground and did not display them when officers told him to do so.

“He wasn’t following instructions,” Harper said.

At that point, Harper said, a police dog was released and bit the man’s calf. The man uncovered his hands, and police arrested him.

At the scene, the man could be heard moaning and telling officers “I don’t have nothing” as he lay on the ground. An American Medical Response crew member applied bandages to the man’s right leg below the knee.

After the man was lifted into an ambulance on a stretcher, a small puddle of dark red liquid could be seen where he had been lying.

According to witnesses on the south side of 11th Street, the police dog was used while the man was on the ground.

Donnie Johao, 18, was one of several teenagers washing cars at RAS Car Wash and Detail Center across the street from Valero when the traffic stop occurred. Johao said he recorded most of the incident using a cellphone, but the video was not immediately available to the Press.

He and others said it appeared that the man who was arrested was cooperating with police.

Harper said video taken by cameras mounted inside the police cruisers will help determine exactly what happened. Police also requested video from the Valero station’s surveillance cameras.

Two other people were in the car at the time of the traffic stop: a woman and a baby identified by Harper as a 2-day-old infant.

The woman was briefly handcuffed and released at the scene.

Harper alleged that the man had some type of narcotics, which will be tested, and that the man had a pipe in his possession.

Harper said a full report will follow.

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September 20, 2012
Police must control the situation. I get tired of people thinking that they dont have to listen to the police. Do as your instructed, and if your not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Resist and things can get way worse real quick. My view on the whole situation is that if he wasn't doing anything wrong in the first place, none of that would have happened.
September 19, 2012
Sadistic lazy cops. What ever happened to good old fashioned police work. How hard is it to pull some tweaks arms out from under him?

September 20, 2012
Have you ever tried it?
September 19, 2012
RAS Car Wash does have self-serve bays the public can use. The car wash itself closes by 5pm daily.
September 19, 2012
Not to be a armchair quarterback but if the idiot would not brings his hands out in the open he deserved the intimate visit by the canine, he certainly could have been concealing a weapon. I also would not expect a pro-police witness account from a employee of the nearby car wash. Washing cars at 9:30 p.m., really?
September 19, 2012
Exactly Icare! How many time have you heard the phrase "Show me your hands" on the TV show COPS and the like?? Please, cooperating?? I think not.

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