Police in Orange arrested Jason Ray Bowsher of West Lake, La. for multiple charges April 28, after an altercation with an officer.
According to a police report, Officer John Chris Arnold was off duty working security for the City of Orange Housing Authority. He reported he was parked at the Arthur Robinson Housing Complex located in the 1300 block of Fifth St. facing the roadway. Arnold then reportedly observed a silver 2011 Mitsubishi Galant traveling south at "an extremely high rate of speed." The officer reported he heard the roar of the vehicle's engine before he even saw it go past.
Arnold followed the vehicle and called out to the man who he saw exit the car that he needed to speak with him about his driving. The man had reportedly made contact with an unknown male at a residence in the 1100 to 1200 block of Fifth St. According to Arnold, the man replied that he was in a hurry and attempted to leave. He exited the yard, Arnold reported, and walked back toward his vehicle. The officer identified himself as a police man with OPD and requested the man's driver's license, according to the report. The man told the Arnold that his identification was inside his car, but that his name was James Guidry. As the man told his female passenger to get his ID out of her purse, Arnold stated he saw the woman try to hide two open cans of Budweiser beer and observed an open 12-pack in the back floorboard of the vehicle. She said she was unable to locate the man's driver's license.
The officer then reported that the man seemed "agitated and disturbed" and began walking toward the back of the car, scanning the area as he walked. Arnold stated he felt the man was attempting to hide his face and keeping his distance from the officer, which caused Arnold to believe the man would try to flee. He did not respond to commands from Arnold to put down his lit cigarette and put his hands on the trunk of the car, according to the report. The officer reported that he observed the man trying to conceal what looked to be a form of identification that he said belonged to his brother Jason.
At that time, Arnold reported, the man tried to get away by bolting around to the rear side of the vehicle. Arnold grabbed the man's right arm and a struggle ensued as the two men fell to the ground. Arnold reported he tried to cuff the subject and managed to get a single handcuff around his right wrist. The man refused to comply with the officer's order to and struggled, causing the handcuffs to cut into Arnold's hands, the report read. Then, the female passenger reportedly exited the vehicle and began to yell and curse at the officer who was still struggling with the man on the ground. Arnold indicated he told the woman to get back into the vehicle, which she refused. He reported she was "very belligerent" and disobeyed several of the officer's commands.
A second officer arrived and Arnold reported the police man told the subject he would be tased if continued to refuse compliance. As the second officer grabbed the subject by his legs, the man kicked out striking the officer in the groin area, according to Arnold. The officer then tased the subject, who grabbed him by the wrist, "multiple times" before finally gaining compliance and cuffing the left wrist of the struggling man. Arnold reported he received bruises and abrasions to both knees as a result of the struggle.
A search of the man revealed a crack pipe in his front right pocket, Arnold reported. The officer also reportedly found identification on the subject stating the man's name was actually 36-year-old Jason Bowsher, not James Guidry. Bowsher was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail. He was charged with evading/resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer, failure to identify-fugitive from justice, possession of drug paraphernalia and two confirmed outstanding warrants. After his arrest, police found two more warrants out of Vidor for which Bowsher was wanted. The female passenger, later identified as 33-year-old Catherine Renee Hidalgo of Louisiana, was arrested, taken to Orange County Jail, and charged with interfering with duties of a public servant, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.