Prepared by Captain Michael Loarie

On Saturday, April 13, 2013, at about 8:35 AM, Escondido Police Communications Center received a report of a man in a truck who was parked in a drive-thru of a fast food restaurant in the 200 block of W. Mission Ave.  The man appeared to be asleep and he was blocking the driveway of the drive-thru.

Officers arrived to the call about three minutes later to find the man in the truck and blocking the drive-thru.  The man, later identified as Carlos Santiago (22 years-old, resident of Escondido), appeared to be asleep and in the driver’s seat.  The engine of the truck was running.

Officers tried to get the man to awake and initially he did not.  Officers found the doors locked of the truck and were able to get a door open.  When they did, Santiago awoke.

Santiago was acting like he had been under the influence of alcohol.  Officers had him exit the truck and they began to check further as to why he was unresponsive and blocking the drive-thru.  They asked Santiago who he was and Santiago identified himself as a different person.  He did not have any identification on him.  Santiago was cooperative at that time.

Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Santiago and determined he was under the influence of alcohol.  They told him he was under arrest.   He made it look like he was going to cooperate but then quickly stepped away and broke free from the officers.  They ordered him to comply, yet Santiago did not.

Santiago ran from the officers and they chased after him.  They caught up to him a short distance away and had to tackle him to the ground.  At this point, one sergeant and two officers were with Santiago.

Once on the ground, officers told Santiago to stop resisting.  Santiago did not and struggled to prevent the officers from handcuffing him.  During the process, he attempted to strike the officers with his arms and elbows as they gained control of him.  Santiago was eventually handcuffed; however, he continued to fight and try to get up even after he was handcuffed.

Additional officers arrived and were able to get full control of Santiago.

The sergeant and two officers who were initially involved in arresting Santiago sustained minor cuts and scrapes to their arms during the arrest.  Santiago sustained minor injuries as well.  The officers did not require medical attention.  Santiago was taken to a hospital and cleared for minor cuts and scrapes.

Santiago will be booked at Vista Jail on charges of Resisting Arrest with Threats to Officers, DUI, and for providing a false name to the officers.  Santiago will have an Immigration Hold as well.


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