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home : news : crime March 26, 2015


7/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
Estrada arrested for DWI

A man who was arrested for driving while intoxicated became combative with police early Thursday morning after a traffic stop, according to a police report.

Officer Juan Martinez stopped the driver of a silver Lexus after noticing the driver stopped across two lanes at a traffic light at Woodlawn and E. Main streets.

The driver, identified as Fernando Estrada, told police he had not been drinking though he had just left a bar. He said the passenger with him also had not been drinking.

Officer Martinez performed a field sobriety test and noted that Estrada's pupils were very constricted, consistent with drug usage, according to the report.

During the test, Estrada had to use his arms to balance, lost his balance, could not follow instructions and could not perform the one-leg stand test.

He was cuffed and charged with driving while intoxicated. Estrada then became combative, according to the report, and had to be told several times to sit in the back of the police unit.

A second officer had to assist. Estrada was being verbally abusive toward the officers, according to the report, and was using profanity.

While conducting an inventory of the car, an open can of beer was found in the car as well as marijuana residue, according to the report.

Estrada was "irate," according to the report, and began banging parts of his body against the partition in the police car as well as the door.

The car was towed and the passenger had someone pick him up.

While at the jail, Estrada continued to be irate and officers noted he had blood on his shorts and right hand. EMS checked him before processing into the jail. Estrada refused to comply with a blood draw and also would not sign the refusal. He also was not obeying jail staff, according to the report. Estrada allegedly told jail staff that he "did not have that much to drink," though he told Officer Martinez he had not had anything to drink.


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