ST. GEORGE — St. George Police arrested a 21-year-old man Christmas Eve near the Family Dollar on Dixie Downs Road for various charges, including assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct.
Just before 6 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of a disorderly man in the parking lot of Family Dollar, located at 922 N. Dixie Downs Road in St. George. As officers arrived on scene, a man was seen running in the middle of Dixie Downs Road toward the parking lot of Family Dollar, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Jared Carlson in support of the arrest.
“The male was screaming and swearing as he ran,” Carlson wrote.
The man was identified as Jose Antonio Flores Jr. by his Utah ID card. Carlson approached Flores and asked him what was wrong. Flores was very upset, yelled when he spoke, and said he had been hit by a vehicle, according to the statement. His breath also smelled strongly of alcohol.
“While I was speaking with Jose (Flores) he yelled at me and stated ‘you’re not taking me to jail. I’m from Compton and I run,'” Carlson wrote in the statement.
Flores then allegedly pushed Carlson in the chest and ran north away from him. Carlson yelled “stop you’re under arrest” as he chased Flores, according to the statement. After sprinting about 15 feet, Carlson pushed Flores into a parked car, grabbed his arms and forced them behind his back, according to the statement.
Witnesses at the scene reported that Flores was running in the middle of Dixie Downs Road and was hitting vehicles as they passed by, then yelling and swearing at citizens who stopped to help, according to the statement. Flores accused the driver of one vehicle of hitting him while he was walking on the sidewalk. Carlson spoke to the driver of the vehicle as well as witnesses.
“They all stated the female was stopped waiting to turn onto Dixie Downs road from the parking lot of Family Dollar. Jose (Flores) sprinted up to the car and ran into the rear of the vehicle,” Carlson wrote in the statement. “Jose became disorderly and started hitting the trunk of the vehicle.”
Flores was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with a class B misdemeanor for interfering with arrest, a class C misdemeanor for intoxication, an infraction for disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic, a class A misdemeanor for assaulting a police officer, and a class A misdemeanor for failing to stop at the command of an officer. According to current bookings information, Flores’s bail stands at $4,900.
According to Utah court documents, Flores pleaded not guilty to all charges during his first court appearance, which took place Friday. A review court hearing is scheduled to be held Jan. 8.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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