Intoxicated suspect: ‘I’m from Compton, I run’; man arrested for hitting cars, assault

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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.

Jose Antonio Jr. Flores, 21, booking photo posted on Dec. 24, 2014 | Image courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Jose Antonio Flores Jr., booking photo posted Dec. 24, 2014 | Image courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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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  • My Evil Twin December 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Suspect: “I’m from Compton and I run”

    Cop: “I’m from Riverside and I THUMP!” 😉

  • tight magic undies December 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Do you know who I am? I’m with the flaming thunder chickens. You better watch yourself homie.

    • Herd December 28, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Secret Underwear thunder chickens?

  • Betty December 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Since he’s from Compton, maybe we should #fundriser to send him back via Greyhound bus. That’ll teach him. Way to go Officer Carlson.

  • koolaid December 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    We is from Dixie Utah and we don’t dare to dance.

  • Mary December 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I am from Lynwood and moved up here to get away from this. Send him back. I doubt he was living in Compton. Wonder why he has a “state ID”

  • Golden Pond on December 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I’m from Bellflower Holmes, hit my car and limp for a year or two..

    Power to the Pontiac!

  • darrel December 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I wish all these “hip to be non white’s” would go back to their homeland, and build a fence because the U.S.A treats them so badly. Within two months they all would knock each other off and boom, problem solved. All of the racist crowd should look up stats before commenting back.

    • Cedar City Dawgs December 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Hey Dawg, whazzup Dawg?

    • wacko bird December 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

      AMEN Darrel

  • getting flooded December 28, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Maybe there is a Compton in Mexico he looks illegal to me. Let’s have a fundraiser for him so Obama can have the rest of the idiots family here

  • Paul December 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Smoke another one

  • Nailedhem December 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Another case for Furgeson

  • Nailedhem December 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    In Compton they’d just pop a cap in his anus

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