According to law enforcement authorities with the El Paso Police Department, a 35-year-old man who possessed cocaine reportedly tried to take a police officer's Taser during an arrest. The incident happened following a traffic stop on Oct. 21 at 2 a.m.
Police reported that the man was driving at 66 mph in a 50 mph zone in the 1500 block of Zaragoza before he was pulled over. A DWI Task Force officer found that the man was allegedly intoxicated. He attempted to take the 35-year-old man into custody.
Officers claim that the man became combative when the officers were trying to take him into custody. They said that he tried to punch an officer in the face and attempted to take the officer's Taser away from him. The man allegedly had four packages of cocaine that were individually wrapped on his person. He was taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Jail. The man is being held in lieu of bonds in the amount of $160,200.
People who are charged with a DWI may make the situation significantly worse if they try to resist arrest. Instead, they may want to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer might be able to negotiate a plea agreement for a lesser charge, dismissal of some charged offenses or a cap on time spent in jail or prison. If there are constitutional problems with how the investigation was completed, an attorney may file evidentiary motions challenging the admissibility of the evidence.