Watsonville man arrested for assaulting CHP, allegedly on LSD

WATSONVILLE (KRON) — A Watsonville man was arrested in the Santa Cruz Mountains Monday morning after assaulting two California Highway Patrol officers, according to CHP.

The incident happened on state Highway 17, south of Sugarloaf Road in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, CHP officers said.

The 29-year-old suspect, Marko Manojlovic, was allegedly on LSD during the incident.

He reportedly hit about 40 of the 28-inch reflective cones that marked a lane closure in a construction zone.

He was driving a white Toyota Corolla, police said.

Manojlovic also crashed into a temporary metal sign reading “left lane closed,” CHP officers said.

A CHP officer nearby saw that the Corolla was dragging the cones and metal sign, and notified another officer in the area.

Both of them tried to stop Manojlovic on Laurel Road just east of Highway 17, but Manojlovic drove the Corolla into a metal fence and got out of the car.

He then jumped over the fence and ran down a dirt road, CHP officers said.

The officers chased down and caught Manojlovic, who started attacking the officers.

One officer ended up being treated for minor injuries after Manojlovic kicked him several times.

Scotts Valley police and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies came to help the officers.

Manojlovic was taken to Dominican Hospital, where he was medically cleared.

He was then booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on:

  • Suspicion of driving under the influence
  • Evading arrest
  • Resisting arrest
  • Battery on a police officer

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