Man pepper sprayed, detained after raising fist to OCC safety officers

COSTA MESA — A 21-year-old man was pepper sprayed and detained after allegedly selling drugs at Orange Coast College, school authorities said Thursday.

A student alerted public safety officers that a man was selling marijuana and looking into cars at the campus about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Communications Director Jeff Hobbs.

After public safety officials approached the suspect, he began to quickly walk, then run away and was pepper sprayed after raising a fist to officers, Hobbs said.

The Costa Mesa Police and Fire departments were called after the incident, and Costa Mesa police cited the man and drove him home.

It was not clear whether the man was a student.

— Lauren Williams

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