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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Man Arrested After Headbutting Police Officer

Idaho Falls, ID – On December 12, shortly after 5:00 a.m., Idaho Falls Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Fanning for a disturbance. The caller reported that a man was highly intoxicated and was standing in the roadway yelling and attempting to fight people. 

When Officers arrived on scene they located the male and also several witnesses. Witnesses reported that the intoxicated man, Christian Herrera, had been drinking and became confrontational with the others present. Witnesses reported that Herrera hit at least two people, and had attempted to leave in his vehicle before police officers arrived. Herrera reportedly struck another vehicle with his vehicle and sustained minor injuries from the accident included cuts to his face. The witnesses decided they did not want to press charges but wanted Herrera to leave. 

Officers asked Herrera to sit in the back of a patrol car to keep warm while they investigated what had occurred and determined how best to proceed. While speaking to Officers, Herrera became agitated and began yelling and spitting at Officers. Herrera continued to escalate, and Officers attempted to place in handcuffs for his safety and theirs. Herrera continued to be aggressive towards Officers and was placed under arrest for resisting and obstructing. 

Herrera was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for a jail clearance due to the minor injuries sustained prior to police arrival and his intoxicated state. While at EIRMC, Herrera continued to yell and swear at medical staff. EIRMC staff and police asked Herrera to quiet down because there were children in the ER, but Herrera continued. EIRMC staff cleared Herrera to be taken to jail and asked that police remove Herrera from the premises due to the disturbance he was causing. Herrera was also arrested for Disturbing the Peace. 

Herrera continued to resist and fight with Officers as they exited EIRMC. Two Officers had to physically carry Herrera to a patrol vehicle where Herrera refused to get into the vehicle, pushing against officers. Herrera was placed in leg restraints to prevent him from continuing to fight with Officers and risking injury to himself and the Officers. While Officers were attempting to place Herrera in a patrol vehicle, Herrera headbutted an IFPD Officer in the face. 

Christian Herrera, a 21-year-old male resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was eventually successfully placed in a patrol vehicle and taken to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked for Misdemeanor Resisting and Obstructing, Misdemeanor Disturbing the Peace, and Felony Battery on a Police Officer. 


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