An incident in mid-May featured a DUI arrest with a twist.
In the incident, a Riverbank sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a suspected intoxicated man who was riding his horse into traffic on Highway 108. The horse and the rider were located by the deputy near Atchison Street and Third Street. The rider reportedly became belligerent during the contact made by the deputy, which authorities said consisted of arguing and fighting with the deputy. Subsequently, Luis Valdez, 31, was taken into custody for resisting/obstructing/delaying and for an arrest warrant. Authorities added that the horse was more cooperative and stood calmly during the struggle. The resourceful deputy hitched the cooperative horse to the push bumper of his patrol car while processing the arrest paperwork and Valdez was later booked into Stanislaus County Jail.
Also during the same shift a deputy responded to the 108 Lounge for a reported incident of public intoxication. Dario Hendrix, 37, was subsequently arrested and began kicking the deputy while being placed in the patrol car. He was booked for battery on a peace officer, public intoxication and for a probation violation.
During the graveyard shift on Sunday, May 13 a deputy made a bike stop on a 52-year-old man near Patterson and Howard for a California Vehicle Code violation. A records check revealed three warrants for his arrest. He was booked.
During the day shift on Monday, May 14 a deputy spotted a subject he knew to have a warrant for weapons near Sierra and Fourth. The 53-year-old man was contacted and booked on the confirmed warrant.