Livingston PD: Drug suspect fought officer, 2 paramedics in McDonald's drive-through

Jose Cruz Jr. (Source: Polk County Jail)
Jose Cruz Jr. (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Houston man is behind bars after he allegedly got into a fight with an officer and paramedic in a Livingston parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Jose Antonio Cruz Jr., 21, of Houston, was arrested after an alleged altercation with authorities in the McDonald's Parking lot in the 1600 block of W. Church Street.

According to Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, an officer was called out to the parking lot after Cruz and a woman appeared to be high on drugs.

"When the first officer arrived, paramedics were already there and checking on the woman, who is believed to have overdosed off of mushrooms," Parrish said.

When the officer tried to talk to Cruz, he became uncooperative and ran off, Parrish said. The officer caught Cruz in the drive-through area.

"Once in the drive through area, Cruz started to fight back," Parrish said. "Two paramedics came over to help the officer until backup could arrive. In the skirmish, we had an officer hurt his knee and a female paramedic was kicked in the chest and hit in the face."

Parrish said that once backup arrived in the parking lot, one of the Livingston Police officers used a Taser on Cruz, and he was taken into custody.

Once Cruz was in custody, officers found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, Parrish said.

Cruz is still being held in the Polk County Jail on three felony charges - assault of a public servant, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. He was also charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. His bail was set at $27,500.

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