On Friday, August 21st, a witness at a gas station near The Old Road and Lake Hughes called police to report a man fueling his car who appeared to be under the influence of a substance. When CHP officers responded to the call, they encountered the suspect who seemed “nervous” and “fidgety,” and appeared to be showing signs of narcotic intoxication. When the officers asked the man for his identification, he refused to comply.
After refusing to identify himself, the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle and to back up to the deputies. The man continued to refuse to comply with officers until one of them grabbed the suspect by the arm. The suspect then began resisting and acting combative toward the officers. During the scuffle, one of the officers noticed what appeared to be a handgun in the suspect’s waistband. It was later discovered to be an airsoft gun. According to the police, they were able to arrest the suspect shortly after noticing the weapon by using control holds.
After learning the suspect’s identity, it was discovered that he was wanted on $50,000 warrant having to do with other charges. He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and other unrelated charges stemming from his warrants and taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station for booking and processing.
Resisting arrest is covered under California Penal Code 148 PC and is described as willfully resisting or obstructing police officers or emergency medical technicians in the performance of their official duties. Some examples of resisting arrest include:
- Fighting with police officers who are trying to arrest you
- Taunting or harassing an EMT who is trying to assist someone
- Giving a fake name to police while being questioned
Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor in California with the possible penalties including up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of $1,000. In some cases, a defendant can be sentenced to misdemeanor probation instead of jail time.