Man assaults SAPD officer after threatening Taco Bell employee in drive-thru

A 23-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Monday night on multiple charges following an incident at the Taco Bell, 3444 Sherwood Way.

At approximately 11:50 p.m., San Angelo Police officers were dispatched to the location for the report of an unwanted subject in a Dodge Durango at the drive-thru window. While en route, officers were told that the driver was threatening an employee and attempting to force the window open.

Officers arrived and found the suspect vehicle still in the drive-thru lane. When the officer exited his patrol vehicle and approached the suspect vehicle, the suspect vehicle advanced slowly towards the officer’s vehicle, initially stopping about a foot away, before it proceeded to move forward and intentionally collide with the officer’s vehicle.

Additional units were requested to the scene as the officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and his two passengers, who appeared to be intoxicated. To avoid further risk from the suspect vehicle, the officer told the driver to turn off and get out of the vehicle, but the driver refused.

When backup arrived, the driver continued to disregard the officers’ instructions and then assaulted an officer who was attempting to take him into custody. The officer sustained minor injuries from the assault.

Once outside the vehicle, the driver continued to resist officers’ instructions and positioned his body against a curb to avoid being handcuffed. Officers issued several more warnings to stop resisting and advised a Taser would be utilized, but the driver continued to resist and was Tasered. Officers handcuffed the driver and requested a supervisor, camera and San Angelo Fire Department paramedics to the scene. These actions are standard protocol after a Taser deployment.

After speaking with Taco Bell staff, officers learned that after the man ordered food from the drive-thru, he started cursing and threatening an employee and refused to leave after he received his food order. Additionally, he attempted to pry open the drive-thru window once it had been closed and locked.

The driver, who refused to identify himself, was identified by his driver’s license as Adrian Leon Pleasant Jr. Pleasant was charged with fail to identify giving false/fictitious information, assault on a public servant and criminal trespass. He also received a citation for disorderly conduct abusive language and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

Pleasant’s two male passengers, ages 23 and 27, cooperated with officers and were not charged.