What started out as California Highway Patrol officers trying to help a driver whose vehicle had become disabled on the 60 Freeway early Wednesday ended in the 44-year-old motorist's arrest after he allegedly came to blows with the officers.
Carlos Garcia of Azusa, taken to the
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center jail, was arrested after the nearly 10-minute altercation on suspicion of resisting arrest, driving under the influence and battery on peace officers, CHP spokeswoman Doris Peniche said.
At 12:12 a.m., the CHP received a call about a vehicle stopped in the No. 3 eastbound lane of the freeway east of Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead. Two CHP officers arrived at the scene and blocked traffic in order to get Garcia's vehicle out of the way.
One officer who approached Garcia's vehicle described the motorist as "sweating profusely and intoxicated" and asked him to remain in the disabled vehicle.
But Garcia instead exited the vehicle and approached the officer "aggressively," prompting a second officer to assist in subduing the man while at least six additional units and a sergeant arrived at the scene, Peniche said.
The fight left scrapes on the hands of the two CHP officers who first responded, she added.