Man arrested for aggravated assault on peace officer

Man arrested for aggravated assault on peace officer

CREATED May 22, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police have arrested 21-year-old Ramon Rodriguez for committing aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Sgt. Maria Hawke tells KGUN9 the incident happened on May 21, when an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 Block of East Delano.

Rodriguez was not cooperative with the officer who attempted to get the him to exit the vehicle.  They engaged in a physical altercation. The officer ended up standing between the driver's door and the driver’s floorboard, said Hawke.

Rodriguez backed the vehicle up, collided into an unknown object and drove forward, pinning the officer between the door and vehicle, said Hawke.  He began to flee the scene in his vehicle, dragging the officer for a short distance before he ultimately fell from the vehicle.

The officer was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Additional officers initiated a pursuit of the suspect vehicle as it fled from the area. The suspect vehicle came to a stop after colliding with another vehicle near the intersection of East Grant Road and North Country Club.

Immediately after the collision near East Grant and North Country Club, the suspect fled on foot. 

Rodriguez was caught a short distance later and taken into custody without further incident.  He was arrested for one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer - minor injury, one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer – dangerous instrument, one count of  prohibited possessor, one count of unlawful flight from a law enforcement officer, and one count of criminal

One of the patrol vehicles involved in the pursuit caught fire just after the pursuit ended.  The fire originated in the passenger, rear tire area.

Tucson Fire Inspectors assisted with the fire investigation.  The investigation indicated the fire was a result of the brake line overheating and igniting.  Neither the officer, who had been driving the patrol car that caught on fire, nor any other persons were injured as a result of the fire.