A Lodi man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest after a disturbance call.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, Lodi police responded to a disturbance call in the 0 block of Benson Street, where they said Kent Raverty, 50, was drinking alcohol and making threats, according to Lodi Police Sgt. Mike Oden.
When officers arrived, Raverty started driving away in his car, Oden said. But officers soon pulled him over along Sargent Road.
Officers ordered Raverty out of the vehicle, believing he could be armed, Oden said. As officers approached and tried to apprehend him, Raverty turned around and began fighting the officers, according to police. Two more officers arrived and helped subdue Raverty.
Raverty was evaluated at a local hospital for minor abrasions, then transferred to Lodi Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and resisting arrest, Oden said.
After being held for several hours, he was released on a citation with a date to appear in court.
Raverty later called the News-Sentinel and denied making threats. He said he did not intentionally try to escape or evade officers. He said police overreacted to the incident and threw him to the ground without cause. He is confident he did nothing wrong, he said.
"This is all way out of proportion," he said.