Citizen calls about a man who was walking in the road without regard to traffic was booked on Wednesday evening, March 30 after he allegedly fought an officer.
Dispatchers took a call at 11:55 p.m. about a man walking purposely in front of cars in the 2100 block of River Road. Officer Eric Gallegos found Jerry Naylor, 29, of Modesto, walking in the road but ignored the officer's command to get out of the road. Gallegos grabbed Naylor to remove him from the road but the suspect started fighting the officer and grabbing for his baton. Officer Jesse Gutierrez arrived with canine Duke and when the dog started barking it was enough to cause Naylor to surrender, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. James Yandell.
Naylor made a statement that he didn't want to stop because he thought the officer was "messing with him." He did not state why he wanted to walk in the road but his mother later said Jerry had been fighting with his girlfriend earlier in the day and may have been distraught.
Naylor was booked for resisting or obstructing a peace officer.