A Frederick man was arrested after he was found passed out at a stop sign July 14.
Cpl. Jason Brown of the Frederick Police Department was dispatched to Eighth Street and Grand Avenue, at the request of the Fire Department. When Brown arrived he spoke with Fire Chief James Heap, who pointed him towards a Mitsubishi Eclipse at the stop sign.
Heap allegedly told Brown that the driver was passed out and acting weird.
According to the police affidavit, the driver identified himself as Juan Arnulfo Puentes. Brown said he noticed the suspect had constricted pupils and was unable to sit still so he asked Puentes to take a field sobriety test, which he did. The suspect was unable to follow the instructions given to him for the test.
Brown gave Puentes his driver’s license back and asked if there were any drugs in the car and the suspect allegedly said no and offered to let Brown search it. Brown searched the vehicle and found a pen barrel which he believed contained drug residue. After finishing the search, Brown said he showed the pen barrel to Puentes who allegedly stated it was just a pen. Brown field tested the substance and it tested positive for methamphetamine.
Brown advised the suspect he was under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered him to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Puentes turned around as if following the commands but then he took off running. Brown ordered Puentes to stop and drew his taser. When the suspect ignored the commands, Brown fired his taser, missing Puentes, who kept running. Brown chased the suspect on foot down Eighth Street and Floral Avenue where Heap and firefighter Lance Gutierrez took Puentes to the ground.
The suspect resisted but Brown was eventually able to get the cuffs on him and Police Chief Joel Neely arrived on scene and transported Puentes to the Tillman County Jail.
Puentes was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and escape after lawful arrest.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.