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Two Intoxicated Males Arrested For Fighting In The Vernal City Park


7/1/24


| Vernal, Ut. | June 29th, 2024 |


Cpl. Randall was dispatched to the Vernal City Park at 900 West 500 North on a report of two adult males fighting in the parking lot. It was also reported one of the males had urinated in the parking lot.


When the Corporal arrived on the scene, he saw a male handcuffed by another officer and being escorted to a patrol vehicle. Cpl. Randall spoke with other officers who had arrived on the scene before him and asked what had happened.


Sgt. Manning stated two intoxicated males were arguing with each other. Sgt. Cannon informed the Corporal the male had urinated in front of two 12-year-old females. The two female juveniles stated another male at the park who witnessed the two males fighting asked the males who were fighting to stop.


Cpl. Randall asked the other officers on scene if they were able to get the male's name, and they said they were not able to.


Cpl. Randall asked about the second male who was not being escorted to a patrol vehicle. Deputy Roth informed him the male was in his patrol vehicle. Cpl. Randall asked Deputy Roth what had happened. Deputy Roth stated that when he arrived on the scene, he observed two males arguing. Deputy Roth asked the male to speak with him, but he refused.


Deputy Roth stated he asked the male to stop trying to walk away multiple times, and he placed his hand on the male's arm and requested him to stop. Deputy Roth stated the male pulled his arm away from him, and at that time, he decided to detain him. Deputy Roth informed Cpl. Randall, there was Fireball Whiskey on the vehicle's rear bumper where the two males were.


On the vehicle's bumper was an open bottle of Fireball Whiskey that was partially consumed.


Cpl. Randall went to the rear passenger door of Deputy Roth's patrol vehicle to speak with the male. When the door was opened, the male attempted to exit the patrol vehicle. The male began yelling and became agitated. While speaking with the male in the patrol vehicle, the officer could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his person. The male was asked for his name but refused to give it. The male stated he did not have to identify himself. The male was advised he was under arrest and he needed to provide his name. The male still refused.


After the male refused to give his name, the door was closed to transport the male to the Uintah County Jail. When Deputy Roth attempted to close the door, the male placed his foot between the door and the frame, preventing the door from closing. Cpl. Randall and Deputy Roth placed the male's leg back in the truck. He continued to hold his leg out of the door, preventing it from closing. As the male continued to do this, he was subsequently tased in an attempt to get him to comply with our commands. After the male was tased, he complied and placed his leg in the truck.


The male was transported to the jail. While at the jail, he was asked for his name again. The male still refused to give his name. Sergeant Cannon informed me he had located an Arizona ID card for the male. The male was identified as 58-year-old Joseph Angel Ruiz.


Sergeant Cannon stated he spoke with witnesses at the park and got statements stating Joseph kicked his brother while he was on the ground. The witness stated a struggle ensued, and Joseph kicked his brother again. The witness said he told Joseph to stop.


Officer McCurdy transported the other male to the Uintah County Jail. While at the jail, Cpl. Randall asked the male for his name. The male refused to give it. The male was at the jail for approximately 10 minutes before identifying himself as 60-year-old Frank Ruiz.


A records check on Frank Ruiz positively identified the male as Frank from a Utah driver's license photo.


It was determined there was probable cause that Frank exposed his genitals while urinating to two juveniles. Frank failed to disclose his identity during the period of time that he was lawfully subjected to a stop. Frank was under the influence of an intoxicant to the degree he was a danger to himself and others. Frank engaged in violent and tumultuous behavior after being asked to stop.


It was determined there was probable cause that Joseph interfered with a peace officer by refusing to perform an act that impeded his arrest. Joseph used unlawful force with the intent to injure Frank. Joseph failed to disclose his identity during the period of time that the actor was lawfully subjected to a stop. Joseph was under the influence of an intoxicant to the degree he was a danger to himself or others. Joseph engaged in violent and tumultuous behavior after being asked to stop.


Frank and Joseph Ruiz were arrested and booked into the Uintah County Jail.


Frank Ruiz was later released, and Joseph Ruiz may post bail in the amount of $3,000.00.


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