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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

A 19-year-old Lodi man was arrested for the second time in less than 24 hours during an altercation with Lodi police. It was one of several police-related incidents in Lodi during the weekend.

Gonzalo Santiago Ortiz was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday while reportedly evading officers at Garfield and Harold streets and getting into a fight with them, according to police Sgt. Fernando Martinez.

Ortiz was also arrested at about 4 a.m. Friday on suspicion of possessing narcotics, battery on an officer, obstruction of a police officer, disorderly conduct and transportation of a controlled substance near Garfield and Tokay streets, Sgt. Sierra Brucia said.

During Saturday's incident, officers saw Ortiz riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the street and with no headlight, Martinez said. Ortiz refused to stop, so an officer cut him off with his car, police said. Ortiz got off his bike and ran away from the officer before being captured a short time later. He tried to punch the officer a couple of times, Martinez said.

"They got into a pretty good fight," he added.

The officer wrestled Ortiz to the ground and arrested him on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, resisting arrest, public intoxication and assaulting an officer, police said.

Here are some other incidents that kept Lodi police busy:

  • At about 9 p.m. on Friday, police arrested William Calvillo, 18, and Diane Hornbrook, 53, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale during a traffic stop in the 2000 block of South Ham Lane, police said.

Officers said they found them with more than eight grams of cocaine, five pills of Demerol and 15 pills of suspected ecstasy, according to Sgt. Sierra Brucia

Based on other evidence located during the stop, officers believe that Calvillo and Hornbrook possessed the drugs for sale because $1,154 in cash was found in the car.

In addition to being suspected of possessing a controlled substance for sale, Calvillo was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license and drunken driving.

  • Juan Ochoa, 30, of Lodi, was arrested after he tried to barricade himself in a mobile home bathroom at 845 S. Cherokee Lane, police said.

Police arrived at the mobile home shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday because Ochoa was wanted on a previous domestic battery charge and a warrant, Martinez said.

Ochoa was actually the one who called police, but he reported that shots were fired at Central Avenue and Garfield Street to keep officers away from the actual location, Martinez said.

Ochoa locked himself in the bathroom after a resident allowed officers to come in, Martinez said. He climbed out the bathroom window, but went back in when he saw the home surrounded by officers, police said.

Ochoa tore up the interior of the mobile home and kept officers at bay for more than an hour before they talked him into surrendering, police said.

Ochoa was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine, police said.

  • And during a DUI checkpoint in the 1600 block of West Kettleman Lane, Joe Azua, 30, of San Jose, sped through the checkpoint at more than 50 mph, requiring officers to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, Martinez said.

Azua was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and driving with his headlights off, police said. While he was being booked at Lodi Jail, Azua reportedly fought with officers, so he was also arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, Martinez said.

About 1,000 vehicles went through the checkpoint between Ham Lane and Mills Avenue from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Nine people were arrested, five of them for drunken driving, one for gun possession, one for narcotics and two for outstanding warrants, police said.

Twenty-two vehicles were towed, including the nine stemming from arrests, police said. Twenty-five citations were issued for violations ranging from not having a driver's license to having open containers of alcohol in the vehicles, police said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Robert Walker posted at 11:13 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Robert Walker Posts: 10

    `Hey Richard,

    Do you really believe that LPD wanted to release that guy? You ever hear of bailing out.....the police are not in control of who stays or who is released. There are mandates the state places on jail facilities as to how long and under what conditions they can keep someone. Then there is also the ability to bail out. If you don't like how things are ran maybe you should re-evaluate how you vote on your ballot next time.

  • Richard Turner posted at 10:08 am on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    How is it possible for a man to commit battery on an officer ,posses drugs and evade police ,then be released in a matter of hours only to repeat the same crime ? I dont feel safe if this is common practice!! This is outrageous!!! What excuse could there be? Will it take a murder ? Maybe he said he was sorry and promised not to be a bad boy .......way to go lpd, I know you are very busy but this is not acceptable !!!



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