A man stopped for speeding on the bypass and subsequently charged with driving under the influence (DUI) had to be tased twice as he resisted arrest — but he ultimately apologized for his behavior, according to the Commerce Police Department arrest report.
An officer stopped Angel Ramon Maldonado, 39, of 42 Edgefield Drive, Commerce, at about 3:30 a.m. for doing 74 miles per hour on the bypass.
Upon approaching the vehicle, Maldonado already had his license out, but the officer noticed that when he was looking for his insurance card, Maldonado’s movements appeared slow and “confused.” In addition, the suspect kept reaching for the center console, and the officer repeatedly told him to keep his hands on the steering wheel.
Also evident, the officer said, was the smell of marijuana. He asked Maldonado when he last smoked marijuana, and was told “two or three weeks ago,” the report said. The officer got permission to search the vehicle, and he also noted the smell of alcohol, but when questioned, Maldonado said he’d not had a drink in “a couple of years.”
During a pat-down for officer safety, the officer said he felt what appeared to be a plastic bag containing a leafy substance, and he asked Maldonado what it was.
The suspect said he had no idea, but when the officer asked permission to search the pocket, Maldonado refused.
At this time, the officer wrote in the report, Maldonado began to get aggressive. The officer put an arm around Maldonado’s neck to gain control, but Maldonado continued to resist, so a second officer shot him with his taser, which seemed to have little effect, although Maldonado asked, “Why are you tasing me?”
The other officer also used his taser, but noted that Maldonado broke the wires loose and tried to get back into his vehicle, at which time the officer said he “took him to the ground.”
The officer said he urged Maldonado to calm down, and he eventually did, after which the officers retrieved the bag, which did contain marijuana, from Maldonado’s pocket.
The officer asked the suspect why he went through so much for the marijuana, and Maldonado told him he was a cancer survivor and needed the marijuana to help him sleep.
In the center console, the officer reported finding a “large” knife and a Glock .40 caliber pistol with two magazines.
The officer also reported that Maldonado admitted to drinking alcohol five hours prior to the traffic stop and said he was sorry for his actions.
He was charged with felony obstruction of officers, driving under the influence (DUI) of intoxicants, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and speeding.