22-year-old allegedly kicked officer in face during DUI arrest

Crime Watch

RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — May 13, around 8 p.m., officers were dispatched to an accident site at the intersection of California Avenue and Sunland Street in Ridgecrest, CA for reports of a collision. While in route, dispatchers received a call that one of the involved parties, 22-year-old Devin McLaughlin fled the scene, police said.

The victim provided a detailed description of McLaughlin, including injuries he suffered in the accident. According to a press release, McLaughlin later called police to report his car had been stolen and possibly involved in a crash. Following up on McLaughlin’s claims, officers met him at a mobile home. McLaughlin matched the description of the hit and run driver, and was arrested, according to police.

Inside the patrol car, McLaughlin began acting erratically and head-butted the divider cage, police said. To prevent further harm, officers removed him from the car. Outside, McLaughlin kicked an officer in the face, according to police.

McLaughlin was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital where he was cleared for his injuries. He was arrested and booked at the Central Receiving Facility (CRF) in Bakersfield for four charges:

  • DUI Causing Great Bodily Injury
  • Hit and Run Causing Injury
  • Resist Officer w/ Violence
  • Resist/Obstruct Officer in Performance of Duties


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