Tempe Police: Man grapples with officers, resists arrest

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Thursday:

  • A Tempe man was arrested March 30 at South Rural Road and East Vista del Cerro Drive on suspicion of resisting arrest and having an outstanding warrant, according to a police report.

    Officers contacted the man and told him they knew he had a warrant, police said.

    When police attempted to detain him, the man tensed up and refused to put his hands behind his back, the report said.

    The man began grappling with officers. This prompted police to conduct knee strikes on the man to make him comply, officers said.

    Police tackled the man to the ground twice before officers threatened to use a taser, the report said.

    The man remained combative against the officers, but the police handcuffed and detained him without using a taser, according to the report.

    The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked, according to the report.

  • A man was arrested March 30 on the intersection of East University Drive and South Athletes Way on suspicion of obstructing a public thoroughfare and being a fugitive from justice, according to a police report.

    The man was walking down University Drive in the center left turn lane when police tried to approach him, police said.

    As police contacted him, the man started to walk away and walk into traffic, causing vehicles to brake to avoid hitting him, officers reported.

    Police contacted the man after an anonymous citizen informed officers of a man walking in the center of the road, according to the report.

    A records check revealed the man was a fugitive from justice, police said.

    He was transported and booked at Tempe City Jail, according to the report.

Reports compiled by Jacob Goldstein

Reach the reporter at jhgolds2@asu.edu or follow him on Twitter @mister_jgold

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