Jan 26, 2015
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He was apparently swept up in the moment.

A driver who was pulled over for performing doughnuts on a Richmond street over the weekend was arrested on DUI charges — but not until after he allegedly became violent with a broomstick, police said.

The wild incident unfolded about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Harbour Way and Bissell Avenue, where police stopped the vehicle, Richmond police spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The driver, a 56-year-old Richmond man, did not wait for an officer to walk up to the driver’s side window to protest the traffic stop.

“The suspect immediately got out of his vehicle swinging a broom stick, which he appeared to already have in his car,” Abetkov said.

The officer waited for extra patrols and managed to talk the suspect down enough to begin a DUI investigation. During the field sobriety test, however, the suspect attempted to flee.

Police caught up to him, but he began to violently resist the officers until he was placed into the body restraint device known as the WRAP, Abetkov said.

“The suspect appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” the police sergeant said. “He was taken to the hospital for treatment and then booked into county jail.”


  1. I wonder if BART will be shut as people protest the arrest?

    Mike | Jan 26th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.