Drunk assaults police major after being flagged down at GenSan checkpoint

Published March 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Jubelag

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A 39-year old man is not only in hot water, but is neck-deep in trouble after he reportedly drove into a quarantine checkpoint drunk, and allegedly assaulted a police major here last Friday.

Police have filed charges against Renato Sarsona, a resident of Barangay Fatima here, who arrived at a police checkpoint implementing a pre-emptive lockdown on the city drunk and way past the city’s curfew hours.

Worse, he also allegedly assaulted General Santos Police Station 2 Commander Major Ananias Vasquez after the latter confronted him at the checkpoint.

Vasquez said Sarsona insisted that he be allowed to pass the checkpoint, and uttered invectives at the police official after he refused to let the suspect pass through.

“The suspect was reeking with liquor and attempted to assault me but I was able to ward him off,” Vasquez.

Police immediately arrested the suspect, and was taken to Police Station 2 for detention.

Vasquez called on the city residents to observe the curfew hours from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. as local authorities placed the city under pre-emptive lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city.

Dozens of curfew violators have been arrested since the city was placed under preventive travel restictions last March 14.