Two men found themselves in handcuffs on Saturday after what started as a traffic stop escalated into a scuffle with police, who suspect the men switched seats because one of them had a revoked license.
Raymond P. Narcia was arrested and booked into Pinal County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, police reported. Ricardo B. Deleon also was booked into jail on suspicion of driving with a revoked license and false reporting.
At about 1 a.m., Maricopa Police checked the registration of a vehicle at Circle K, 18141 N. John Wayne Pkwy., and discovered the registered owner, Deleon, had a revoked license, police said.
According to the probable-cause statement, an officer saw a man, believed to be Deleon, exit the store, get into the driver’s seat and drive off.
Officers made a traffic stop near John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Road, when officers saw the vehicle beginning to “rock left and right” multiple times, police said.
When the officer contacted the driver, there was reportedly a different male in the driver’s seat, Narcia, while Deleon was sitting in the passenger seat.
According to police, Narcia stated he had three drinks earlier. The man was described to have droopy, watery and bloodshot eyes with slurred speech.
When Narcia was told to exit the vehicle, he initially refused. Once out of the vehicle, Narcia was directed by police to walk toward the police vehicle. Officers eventually took his right arm to escort him, according to the probable-cause statement.
Narcia was directed about 10 times to put his hands behind his back, each time attempting to pull his arms from the officer’s grasp.
The officer reportedly took Narcia to the ground to gain control and place him in handcuffs. Narcia allegedly grabbed the officer’s carrier vest and attempted to pull the officer down. It was reported that during the incident, Narcia tried to grab the right side of the officer’s face and the officer suffered scrapes to a hand and knee.
Narcia eventually was placed in handcuffs. A search of Narnia uncovered a clear, plastic pen container with burn marks, called a tooter by police, which is a device commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics.
Both men were booked into Pinal County Jail.
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