Man charged with DUI, assault on officer and public urination

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A man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly urinated on the roadway during a traffic stop and attempted to bite an officer, police said. 

Arnulfo M. Rodriguez, 49, was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, driving under the influence, aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to exhibit driver’s license and criminal nuisance, according to police. 

At 10:49 p.m., officers stopped a black truck near North John Wayne Parkway and West Farrell Road for a moving violation, police said. 

The driver, later identified as Rodriguez, exhibited signs of impairment, including bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, according to a probable cause statement. 

Rodriguez refused to identify himself to the officers, police said. 

Officers asked Rodriguez to step out of the vehicle and talk to officers near the rear of the truck. Rodriguez allegedly cooperated with officers but exposed his genitalia and began to urinate on the side of the road, the probable cause statement said. 

A police search of his vehicle turned up a glass pipe consistent to the use of methamphetamine, which Rodriguez later allegedly admitted to owning, police said. 

Police said officers observed effects consistent with an illicit stimulant, such as rigid muscle tone, muscle tremors, teeth grinding and pupils unresponsive to light stimulus. 

At Maricopa Police Department, Rodriguez allegedly became combatant with officers, and attempted to bite one of the officers on the thigh. 

During a records check, police reported they found Rodriguez had a suspended license for a prior DUI conviction. It was also discovered that Rodriguez was a Mexican citizen and a felon previously deported from the United States, the probable cause statement said. 

Rodriguez was arrested and booked on the charges into Pinal County Jail, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon. He has a court hearing set for May 24. 

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