Police Officer Injured During Struggle to Arrest Intoxicated Couple

One Corpus Christi police officer had to be treated at Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline after he was cut on the hand by the teeth of his handcuffs while trying to detain a man who was resisting arrest just after midnight Thursday.

It was around 12:40 a.m. when police say they saw 26-year old Jesus Villanueva pinning a woman, 30-year old Dalinda Medrano, against the wall outside of a bar in the 5700 block of South Staples Street. The two were arguing when police approached and tried to separate the two. Police say the male showed signs of intoxication.

As police tried to separate the couple and arrest Villanueva, he began to resist by holding his arms away from the police and putting them in front of his chest. Medrano then wrapper her arms around him to keep him from getting arrested.

After calling backup, the male suspect was handcuffed, but not after a struggle. During that struggle, one police officer's hand was punctured by the teeth of his handcuffs, leaving an open wound that was bleeding.

Medrano continued to interfere, according to police, so she was also arrested.

Villanueva was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrested. Medrano was charged with public intoxication and interfering with police duties. Officers also discovered that she had two outstanding arrest warrants.

The injured police officer returned to duty after being treated.


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