Taft Police Department uses taser to arrest man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs

Posted at 4:38 AM, Mar 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-12 07:38:21-04

On March 11, 2017 just before 4:00 p.m., officers from the Taft Police Department were dispatched to the area of 3rd Street and Warren Street in Taft regarding an intoxicated subject causing a peace disturbance. 

Upon arrival, officers contacted Taft resident Daniel Barajas, 28, who was displaying symptoms of being under the influence of a drug. 

As officers were in the process of arresting Barajas, he refused to comply and resisted by punching officers several times. 

A taser was deployed, which assisted officers in placing Barajas into custody. 

After Barajas was taken into custody, he made several threats to kill the arresting officers. 

Additionally, Barajas was found to be in possession of approximately 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine.     

During the incident, one officer sustained a minor injury to the knee. The officer’s injury did not appear to need medical treatment.

Barajas was transported by ambulance to a Bakersfield area hospital for treatment before being taken to the Kern County Jail in Bakersfield, where he was booked for violations including Public Intoxication (drugs), Resisting Arrest by use of Threats, Force, or Violence, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.