Police in Atwater say they used stun gun to subdue DUI suspect

An Atwater man was subdued with a stun gun late Wednesday night after a brief struggle with officers, police said in a news release.

In the statement, authorities said Estevan Arroyo, 23, was driving drunk and sending a text message around 11:51 p.m. when he crashed into a metal gate in the 2800 block of Secretariat Drive.

Results of his blood-alcohol testing were not released on Thursday.

Officer David Walker said he spotted Arroyo driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan on Secretariat Drive.

The driver, later identified by police as Arroyo, appeared to be using a cellphone to send or receive text messages, police said.

The officer activated his patrol car’s lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, police said, but the Dodge crashed into a gate at Belmont Apartments, a gated community in Atwater.

Officers said Arroyo appeared to under the influence of alcohol, and they attempted to conduct a routine roadside investigation.

Police said Arroyo became combative, and the officer used a stun gun to subdue him after a brief scuffle.

No injuries to the officer were reported.

Arroyo was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of several misdemeanors, including drunken driving and resisting arrest, authorities said.

Arroyo was released from jail a few hours later, officials confirmed.