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.