An Amarillo man was arrested after evading officers on a bicycle and then on foot before getting tased, lying to the officers, getting arrested for outstanding warrants and charged on new drug charges.
On July 11 at 11:52 p.m., Amarillo police officers saw a man riding a bicycle away from a closed business in the 700 block of N. Eastern St.
The officers tried to stop the man in the 4500 block of Amarillo Blvd. East by activating the emergency lights on the patrol car and getting out of the car to talk to the man.
The bicyclist ignored the officers, driving past them and continuing out into a field in the same block.
The officers got back in the patrol car, and followed the man.
The suspect's bicycle struck a barbed wire fence. Officers said the man flipped over the handlebars when the bicycle came to a stop. The man continued his flight on foot.
The officers pursued, and used a TASER to take him into custody.
Officers found a small tin box that contained prescription pills beside the bicycle. The man had a marijuana pipe in his pocket. He also possessed a small amount of marijuana.
He was transported from the scene by ambulance because he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.
The man provided a false name to officers. However, the officers were able to positively identify him as Joe Anthony Uvalle, 31.
A warrants check showed him to be wated for possession of a controlled substance, injury to a child, bond forfeiture related to failure to comply with sex offender registration law -- all of which were in Potter County. In Randall County, he had a warrant for assault on a family member with prior conviction.
He was medically treated and released.
He was booked into Potter County Detention Center on the warrant charges, along with possession of a dangerous drug, evading arrest on foot, failure to identify, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers checked the business he was originally seen riding away from on his bicycle, but found no sign of burglary.