Pharr man accused of kicking, trying to bite officer

A Pharr man allegedly got physical with a McAllen police officer who was placing him under arrest for public intoxication Thursday, June 13.

McAllen police arrested 35-year-old Eliot Garcia of Pharr at about 8 p.m., leading to a physical altercation near Jackson Avenue and Frontage Road, according to documents obtained by The Monitor.

An officer noted Eliot Garcia was allegedly “getting onto the streets” near passing vehicles, according to police.

When approached by the officer, Garcia was not responding to questions and displayed “slurred speech (and) red bloodshot eyes,” according to the report. Garcia also needed to sit down because he couldn’t maintain balance, the officer further noted.

“I then advised (Garcia) he was intoxicated in a public place, a danger to himself and or others, and had no responsible party to take custody of him,” the report read. “(Garcia) poses a danger to himself because he is under the influence, and walking into traffic.”

The officer arrested Garcia for public intoxication and searched his backpack and found “a green leafy substance,” which later tested positive as synthetic marijuana, according to police.

As the officer was escorting Garcia to his patrol unit, the suspect pulled away and allegedly kicked the officer in the lower stomach and tried biting the officer’s hand while another officer assisted in subduing Garcia, according to the report.

Garica was charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and assault on a peace officer.

This is Garcia’s fourth arrest in 2019, and his 11th in the last 18 months.