Sonora — Police in Sonora responding to a call of a man punching telephone poles and yelling at passing vehicles arrested a man after a tussle they say resulted in an injured police officer and a damaged patrol car.
Officers went to South Stewart Street at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
“When officers contacted the subject, he took a fighting stance and challenged the officers,” police said in a news release. One officer drew a stun gun and ordered the man, identified as Michael Didion, 32, of Stockton, onto the ground. He complied and was handcuffed.
After a records check revealed that Didion was a parolee, he began resisting arrest, police said. He refused to get into the back of the patrol car and started slamming his head into the car, damaging it.
An officer grabbed Didion to keep him from hurting himself, according to the release. “A struggle ensued, resulting in an officer breaking a finger and causing other injuries to his hand,” police said. Officers subdued Didion and got him in the car.
They took Didion to Tuolumne County Jail, where he was booked on felony charges of resisting arrest, obstructing a public officer and being a parolee at large, as well as misdemeanor charges of battery on an officer and vandalism.