Midland Man Behind Bars after Assaulting a Police Officer

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

DAWSON COUNTY - A Midland man sitting behind bars in Dawson County, but he didn't get there without a fight.

That's according to Lamesa Police.

20-year old Antonio Rivas has been charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest, and public intoxication.

The story starts with a call about a family fight on Sunday.

When police arrived, the suspects were gone.

Police caught up with Rivas a little later in a car with some friends.

Investigators say when the officer asked the group to show their hands, Rivas started to run.

The officer managed to catch Rivas and the two fought, but Rivas managed to slither his way out of the officer's grasp and run again.

The second time the officer tackled Rivas, and pepper sprayed him using nearly the whole can, but that didn't stop Rivas, police say he managed to escape.

On the third try, the officer tackled Rivas and in the process dislocated his shoulder.

Rivas took off, but was finally caught with the help of a sheriff's deputy.

This time he was arrested.

Rivas is still in the Dawson County jail on a $2,500 bond.

Police believe Rivas was high on something, they just don't know what.

The police officer is going to be okay.