What started as a simple traffic enforcement stop for expired registration tag turned into a tense call for a Newman Police officer when the driver refused to comply with orders and a second man started to interfere.

At 7:01 a.m. Sunday, Newman Police Officer Gil made a traffic enforcement stop on a pickup in the 1900 block of N Street in Newman for expired regristration tag.  

The driver, identified as Elijah Clayton, 35, of Gustine, got out of the pickup and was uncooperative, according to the Newman Police Department.  as Gil was trying to get Clayton to comply, a second pickup pulled up beside the first and that driver, Dereck Brueneck, 33, of Gustine, got out of his pickup and began to yell at Gil.  

Clayton continued to refuse to comply with Gil’s instructions in regards to the traffic enforcement stop and started to walk away.  While attempting to detain Clayton, Clayton began resisting and pulled his arms away from Gil, according to the police report.

Gil struggled to detain Clayton while Brueneke came in close proximity to yell and attempt to interfere and obstruct Gil’s ability to focus on the detainment of Clayton. 

Gil radioed that he needed assistance and units from the Gustine Police Department and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department were responding. One deputy was critically injured in a crash while responding to this call.

Gil was eventually able to overcome Clayton’s active physical resistance and he was detained.  Brueneck was later detained as well, with the assistance of the Gustine Police Department.  

Both subjects were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of resisting arrest.