Authorities held a 23-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer following a scuffle in Oceanside, police said Sunday.
The incident happened about 10:50 p.m. Friday when police responded to a call about a suspicious man in an underpass near Pier View Way, according to Oceanside police Sgt. Josh Young.
Christopher Owen Reek refused to identify himself or cooperate with police and tried to force his way past two officers, taking them to the ground.
While Reek was on his back, he allegedly wrapped his hands around the neck of one of the officers, preventing him from breathing momentarily, the sergeant said.
Backup officers arrived, detained Reek and put him in restraints, Young said. He was taken to a hospital, where he allegedly punched officers who tried to restrain him.
Four officers suffered scrapes and bruises during the incident.
Officers booked Rook into the Vista Detention Facility on Saturday. Jail records indicate he was being held on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and suspicion of resisting arrest, both felonies. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.