Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Man Tasered, Pepper Sprayed, Arrested After Fighting with Stop Sign
Early Friday morning New Mexico police responded to a call about a man who appeared to be fighting with a stop sign.
When officers arrived at the Roswell intersection, they discovered 45-year-old Raymond Garcia was indeed fighting with the sign. As police approached Garcia, they were met with the same fight the man had for the stop sign.
Garcia had to be shot with Taser darts after he became belligerent. However, he did not go down and stay down, but instead began kicking at the officers as they approached Garcia who was on the ground.
The officers shot the darts at Garcia once more, but he broke the lead off from his stomach. The officers then pulled out batons, but Garcia was able to grab one and began swinging back at the officers.
During the altercation, Garcia was also hit with pepper spray but the officers say he just wiped off his face and tried to run away while throwing the baton back at them.
It is believed Garcia was on some kind of drug that prevented the Taser from contracting his muscles, which is how they work.
At around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning, the stop sign fighter was arrested by the now three officers and charged with a number of offenses including:
- Aggravated assault against a peace officer
- Disarming an officer
- Resisting an officer
Garcia is currently being held at the Chaves County Detention Center, and they drug he was suspected of being on has not been identified.