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Modestan arrestedafter fight with deputy

Stanislaus County sheriff's officials arrested a Modesto man Thursday afternoon who fought and injured a deputy while trying to evade arrest in south Modesto, authorities said.

Deputy Josh Humble was treated Thursday for several cuts to his hands and a gash to his knee, said sheriff's Sgt. Alan Tate.

Michael Perez, 37, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, resisting arrest with an injury to an officer and a $50,000 felony warrant for burglary, Tate said.

Perez also suffered some cuts and bumps during the fight and was treated at Doctors Medical Center, Tate said.

The incident started about 4 p.m., when Humble approached Perez and a woman identified as his wife. Her name was not available Thursday night, because she left while the deputy and Perez were fighting, Tate said.

The couple was walking and pushing a baby stroller on School Avenue near Shackelford Elementary School when they saw the deputy approaching. Tate said the deputy saw the woman pull out a "big bag" of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine.

He said no drugs were found after the fight.

Perez ran away and the deputy started chasing him. Humble caught up and Perez started punching and kicking the deputy, Tate said.

Humble defended himself, Tate said, and hit Perez on the head with a baton.

During the struggle, Perez ripped off the deputy's equipment belt and smashed the deputy's hand with a metal gate, Tate said.

Perez got away from Humble and barricaded himself inside a shed at 301 Rio Grande Avenue, two blocks south of Shackelford school.

Authorities established a perimeter and started searching for Perez from house to house. A resident told deputies that he saw Perez sneak into the shed.

After asking him to come out, deputies moved into the shed and arrested Perez without further incident, Tate said.

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