Wanted Man Arrested After Struggle With Local Police Officer

Gerald Wayne Guthrie (Jail photo)

WACO (October 8, 2012)—Gerald Wayne Guthrie, 43, of Waco, remained in the McLennan County Jail Monday where he’s held on a parole violation and in lieu of bonds totaling $75,000, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

He’s also held on burglary and theft charges stemming from previous incidents.

He was arrested after a traffic stop at around 9:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of New Road and Waco Drive, where a Waco officer pulled over a vehicle without taillights.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver jumped out, tried to dispose of a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, and then ran into traffic on New Road, police said Monday.

The officer was able to subdue the man, but as he was being escorted back to the patrol car he pulled a knife from his pocket and threatened the officer.

The officer used his Taser, which caused the man to fall to the ground, but then the man got up and tried to run again, police said.

As the officer struggled with him a second time, a Paladin Security officer stopped to help, and several passersby called 911 to report the officer was in trouble, police said.

The officer, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries, police said Monday.

After the arrest, police determined that that Guthrie was wanted on warrants charging burglary and theft as well as for a parole violation.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found several items that were stolen in a case that Woodway police are investigating.