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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013 8:23 pm

A 23-year-old Lodi man was arrested Thursday night after smashing windows from a patrol car and trying to resist officers after a crash in southwest Lodi, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Oscar Rene Mata was involved in a collision on Thornton Road at DeVries Road at about 9:45 p.m., CHP Officer James Smith said. The crash was between Armstrong and Eight Mile roads.

After seeing Mata walking away from the crash, an officer tried to detain him, Smith said. The officer put handcuffs on Mata’s wrists and put him in the backseat of the CHP car, but Mata kicked the right window out and began to escape, Smith said.

The officer kept Mata in the patrol car as Mata was spitting at him, Smith said. The suspect kicked out the left-rear window and tried to escape through the broken window, Smith said. The officer then fired an electronic weapon at Mata’s torso.

Mata was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

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