A parolee who defecated in a police cruiser, began eating his feces and then spat at officers caused a brief shutdown of eastbound lanes on Interstate Highway 80, Richmond police reported Monday.
The incident unfolded about 6:30 p.m. on July 17, when officers detained the wanted man in the North Richmond area. The suspect provided the officer with the false name, but that false name was linked to a person with an arrest warrant, police said.
“When the suspect realized he was about to be arrested for that warrant, he provided officers with his real identity,” and there was an arrest warrant for him too, police said.
After he was taken into custody on the arrest warrant and for false impersonation, the suspect became uncooperative and combative at Richmond police station, which led police to transport him to the Martinez Detention Facility.
That’s when things became very messy.
“Officers placed the suspect in the backseat of the police car and drove onto I-80 eastbound,” police said. “As soon as they were on I-80, the suspect slipped his cuffed hands from the back to the front, undressed and slipped his clothes through the window and out onto the freeway. As soon as the officers realized the suspect was throwing his clothes out of the police car, they also realized he had just defecated, started to eat his feces and spat feces at the officers.”
The officers pulled over on I-80 and summoned assistance from more RPD officers to safely secure the suspect. The California Highway Patrol helped by shutting down the eastbound lanes during the event. He was then taken to county jail.
“The department is relieved that there were no injuries sustained in this incident and the involved officers were cleared of any biohazards,” police said. “We are proud of the officers’ professionalism, composure and patience in this incident. We appreciate the partnership we have with the CHP and their continued efforts to help keep everyone safe on the freeways.”