On Saturday, December 10, a deputy in Tucson, Arizona, lost his left eye during a DUI arrest in a struggle with the driver of a car he had stopped. Sergeant Mark Bustamante made a traffic stop in the vicinity of East Drexel Road and South Alvernon Way, when the woman he pulled over kicked him in the face multiple times as he and other deputies attempted to place her under arrest for driving under the influence.
ABC 15 Arizona reported that officials said the woman, 28-year-old Yesennia Gonzalez, became combative when they attempted to place her under arrest for DUI. According to KVOA Tucson News, the traffic stop happened shortly before midnight on Saturday.
Gonzalez was arrested and handcuffed, but when deputies tried to get her into a patrol car, she went wild, kicking at anyone around her. She eventually kicked Traffic Unit Sergeant Mark Bustamante in his left eye. According to CBS affiliate WLXT, deputies said Gonzalez kicked Bustamante in the eye with the heel of her boot, severely injuring the officer.
Officials with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said Sergeant Mark Bustamante was transported to a local hospital. However, doctors were unable to save his eye. KVOA Tucson News reported that Gonzalez “was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.” According to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department news release, Gonzalez is now facing multiple charges, including DUI, resisting arrest, and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
ABC 15 Arizona reported that Gonzalez has also been accused of kicking another deputy during the arrest. At this time, the injuries sustained by the second deputy have not been released.
Late Saturday night, shortly before midnight, Arizona police officers conducted a DUI traffic stop of a woman, Yesennia Gonzalez. Gonzalez reportedly became combative after she was arrested and handcuffed. She was wearing boots and repeatedly kicked at officer Bustamente and another deputy. She ended up kicking Bustamente in the face multiple times, which caused significant injury to his left eye. Doctors operated on his eye but were unable to save it.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Pima County Sheriff