A man was arrested earlier this week after getting into a fight with a California Highway Patrol officer in Watsonville, according to the CHP. A CHP officer was on the way to the site of a traffic collision when he saw a car matching the description of a reported reckless driver in the area of Airport Boulevard and Hanger Way at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, CHP officials said.
The officer contacted 20-year-old Pearce Fuhr near the car. Fuhr appeared to be impaired by drugs and was agitated and irrational, according to the CHP. CHP officials said the officer then attempted to subdue Fuhr by showing his stun gun when he became increasingly angry and moved toward him. Fuhr then walked away and didn’t stop when the officer asked him to, prompting the officer to use the stun gun to incapacitate him, according to the CHP.
Fuhr then began assaulting the officer, who fought back as Fuhr attempted to take his gun from the officer’s holster, according to the CHP. Watsonville police and other CHP officers responded to help the officer gain control of Fuhr. The officer was not injured in the fight, CHP officials said. Fuhr was arrested and taken to Watsonville Community Hospital. After receiving medical clearance, he was taken to Santa Cruz County Jail and booked on suspicion of DUI, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest.
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