A 46-year-old man punched a driver in the stomach when he wouldn’t move his semi-truck at a gas station pump, according to a police report.
At about 4:37 p.m., police were dispatched to a gas station in the 6400 block of Interstate 35. The caller said there were people fighting near a pump and someone had been stabbed.
Police arrived at the scene and spoke with the two men involved. The truck driver said he had stopped his vehicle near a pump when another man came up to his door and asked him to move his truck.
The 46-year-old got upset and allegedly threatened to cut a seal off the truck if the semi-truck driver didn’t move. He then went back to his vehicle and started honking his horn.
Both of the men exited their vehicles and started to argue. The report states the 46-year-old punched the semi-truck driver in the stomach with a closed fist. The semi-truck driver said his stomach started bleeding, because the punch reopened a scab he had.
The semi-truck driver said he did not want to proceed with charges against the other man.
The 46-year-old said he was upset because the semi-truck driver was not courteous and he admitted to punching him in the stomach, according to the report.
A witness said the 46-year-old aggressively bumped the victim, causing him to stumble backward. It was determined the 46-year-old was the primary aggressor of the fight, so he was issued a citation accusing him of a class C misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, according to the report.
2500 block of North I-35E — An 18-year-old who was carrying a pistol ran from police and kept reaching for his waistband when they caught him and tried to handcuff him, according to a police report.
At about 5:54 p.m., police were dispatched after a caller reported two people swinging a machete in a parking lot.
When police arrived, they saw four people — two of which matched the caller’s description — standing around a vehicle with its hood up. They said they were working on the car.
Police asked the two men to come speak with them. The report states one of them began reaching into his pocket and making furtive movements. He walked away from officers toward the service road.
As police went to secure him so they could prevent him from accessing his pocket, the report states he started to run west toward the service road. They pursued him, giving verbal commands for him to stop, but refused, according to the report.
The man ran into a dead end near an apartment. The report states he turned around and tried to push an officer, but they were able to take him to the ground. He resisted and tried to stand up, pulling his arms away from each other as officers tried to handcuff him, and reaching toward his waistband, according to the report.
Officers searched the 18-year-old and found a pistol with an empty chamber, according to the report.
He was arrested and accused of three misdemeanors: unlawfully carrying a weapon, evading arrest/detention and resisting arrest.
3100 block of Bandera Street — A 41-year-old man was hesitant to leave his jail cell and resisted being taken to a hospital after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to a police report.
At about 5:03 p.m., an officer driving south on I-35 near the exit to U.S. 380 saw a pickup truck with an expired and obstructed paper tag, according to the report.
The truck stopped in a parking lot off Bandera Street and the officer made contact with the driver. The male driver had red, watery eyes and slurred speech, according to the report, and the officer smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage.
As the officer explained the reason for the traffic stop, the man seemed confused and kept asking if he did something wrong, according to the report. He said he had not been drinking.
When the officer ran his information with dispatch, they were informed he had a suspended license.
The officer asked about a Styrofoam cup in the center console. The report states the man was evasive and avoided answering questions about the cup, but eventually said the officer might find something in it.
The officer conducted standard field sobriety tests and determined the man was intoxicated, according to the report. After the man was placed under arrest, he refused to provide consent for a blood draw.
The officer did a preliminary search of the vehicle and found the cup still had ice and liquid in it that smelled of alcohol, according to the report. Other officers remained at the location to do a more thorough search and the officer took the man to the city jail.
Police obtained a search warrant for a specimen of the man’s blood. They informed him it was mandatory that he go with them to the hospital for a blood draw.
The report states the man took a while to exit his cell and cursed at and insulted police. They tried to cuff him, and he allegedly tensed up his arms and pulled away from officers so they could not cuff him. Eventually, he settled down and they transported him to the hospital.
The man had three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and three convictions for driving without a valid license.
He was accused of felony DWI and two misdemeanors: driving without a valid license and resisting transport.
From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the Denton Police Department handled 405 service and officer-initiated calls and made 16 arrests.