Published: 5:57 pm, Fri. Sep. 7th, 2018Updated: 5:56 pm
An Artesia man has been bound over to Fifth Judicial District Court in Carlsbad after battering and resisting police attempting to serve a warrant.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26, an Artesia Police Department officer turning into the Public Safety Complex at 3300 W. Main St. spotted a male subject walking along the roadway whom the officer knew to have an outstanding bench warrant.
As the officer turned around to make contact with the subject, identified as Gilbert Chavez, 38, of Artesia, Chavez ran into the nearby Ponderosa RV Park.
After a brief search, police located Chavez, who – according to the criminal complaint – began walking and flailing his arms as officers pulled up. When police approached, Chavez began backing away before removing a backpack from his shoulder and swinging it at one officer, striking him in the chest.
Chavez then ran toward the RV park exit. According to the complaint, the officer caught up with him and, as he continued to resist, initiated a leg-trip takedown maneuver.
Chavez landed on his back, hitting his head on the ground, but continued to resist as officers worked to place him in handcuffs. EMS was called to examine the suspect’s head. He refused treatment but, after being transported to the Artesia Detention Center, began complaining of dizziness. He was transported to Artesia General Hospital for treatment.
Chavez was subsequently arrested on both the warrant for May 27 charges of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, along with new charges of battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
Chavez was bound over to district court Wednesday on the new charges. He has been scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3, 2019, jury trial on the drug charges.