Trespasser kicked a Pasco police officer’s throat during arrest

Pasco trespasser kicked a police officer's neck during arrest
Image credit: Pasco Police, Facebook

PASCO, Wash. — A nonviolent misdemeanor was upgraded to a class C felony when a man accused of trespassing resisted arrest by kicking a female police officer’s throat and upper body while being put in a back of a patrol car.

According to a Facebook post by the Pasco Police, 37-year-old Johnny Alex Baltazar-Contreras of Pasco was arrested on Sunday, May 30 around 9:40 p.m. Officers arrived on the 3500-block of Luna Drive after he was reported for trespassing on private property.

He allegedly refused to comply with officers during his arrest for trespassing to the second degree, fussing while officers handcuffed him.

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Pasco police officers had to push Baltazar-Contreras into the backseat of a police car. He flailed at an officer with his feet and kicked her throat and upper body. By doing so, the suspect’s charges were upgraded from a misdemeanor property crime to assault to the third degree for assaulting an officer during a lawful arrest.

Officers brought the suspect to the Franklin County Jail, where he was booked for his crimes. The man also reportedly had a dog with him at the time of the arrest. Animal Control picked the dog up and brought it into their custody.

Pasco police officials say that the officer who was assaulted didn’t have to miss any work due to her injuries.

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