Man kicks, spits at officers in Mountain View

Luis Morales, 21, arrested for battery, possession of controlled substance

A San Jose man was arrested in Mountain View early Sunday morning with more than 10 grams of cocaine in his pocket, police said. The man reportedly resisted arrest, and kicked, spat at and yelled racial epithets at one of the arresting officers.

According to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie, a passerby flagged down an officer in the 800 block of Villa Street at about 2:12 a.m. to report two men who appeared to be injured and drunk.

The witness had seen the men near the intersection of Villa and Castro Streets with cuts on their arms and faces, Wylie said. Officers then found two men matching the witness' description in a parking area behind 825 Villa St.

"Both subjects were highly intoxicated," Wylie said.

When asked about their injuries, they told the police that they had been stabbed, Wylie said. However, investigating officers determined that the men had been injured by climbing over a nearby fence topped with razor wire. The officers found fresh blood on a razor-wire-equipped fence nearby and the men's injuries were consistent with the pattern of the razor wire.

As the officers asked more questions, one of the men, identified as 21-year-old Luis Morales, became belligerent, Wylie said. First he refused to remain seated. Then, when officers attempted to handcuff him, he resisted. Once he was cuffed he began to kick at the officers.

He managed to kick one of the officers in the knee, Wylie said. Morales also yelled racial slurs at the same officer -- a black woman -- and attempted to spit on her.

Officers put more restraints on the man, including a spit shield to prevent him from spitting on anyone, as well as a "hobble," which held both of his feet together, Wylie said. Officers found 10.2 grams of cocaine in Morales' pocket.

Morales was taken to the hospital to be cleared for incarceration, Wylie said. At the hospital he kicked another officer in the chest. Morales was booked into county jail and charged with one count of resisting an officer; two counts of battery on a police officer; possession of a controlled substance; and being drunk in public.

The officer who was kicked in the knee complained of pain but declined treatment. The officer who was kicked in the chest was not injured.

The man accompanying Morales, a 23-year-old from Watsonville, complied with officers from the start, Wylie said. He was treated at the scene for his injuries and released without any charges.

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

You just can't fix stupid! Nuff said

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Posted by Sonny
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

You just can't fix stupid! Nuff said

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

What an idiot. I thought "battery" was make threats of assault, sounds like this guy actually assaulted the officers. Am I incorrect?

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Posted by yup
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Yes you are incorrect.

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Posted by Darwin
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

You have it reversed. Assault is the intent/threat to do bodily harm to another person, and battery is actual physical contact.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Thanks Darwin.

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Posted by hippie 420
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

It says he was with a white guy

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
-Bertrand Russell

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Posted by Supporting the Police
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

I take my hat off to the police officers involved in this. How disgusting of this guy to call this officer terrible, awful names and then spit on her! To the officer, it really offends me that you were treated this way. I hope you are ok after this encounter with a drunken idiot. Thanks for doing your job. I hope your knee is ok. This guy hopefully will gets what is coming to him.

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