LORAIN — Councilman Angel Arroyo, D-6th Ward, spent his 35th birthday in the city jail after allegedly not complying with police orders while drunk and refusing to leave the front yard of a house on Jenee Drive, according to police.
According to the police report, Arroyo told police he was run over by a car just before midnight Friday and the person who had run him over was inside the home on Jenee Drive. He was trying to get the homeowner, Alberto Calo, to come outside to be confronted, according to the report.
Arroyo pulled up a frayed pant leg and showed officers what appeared to be road rash on his left leg as proof he was run over, police said, but Arroyo refused treatment and officers noticed that the injury was not consistent with being run over by a car.
As he talked, police could smell alcohol on Arroyo, who kept saying he was not intoxicated and wanted to get some clothes out of a silver Scion that was parked in the driveway of the Jenee Drive home, the report said. He told police he had not driven, the report said.
Calo, who described himself as Arroyo’s friend, told police he and Arroyo were celebrating Arroyo’s Dec. 2 birthday at Diso’s Bistro on Oberlin Avenue when Arroyo allegedly became heavily intoxicated and wanted to drive home. Calo took Arroyo’s keys to prevent him from doing so, and Arroyo then jumped on the hood of Calo’s car in an effort to get his keys back, the report said. Calo told police he had to drag Arroyo away from the front of his car so that he would not get run over, which is how Arroyo got the road rash on his legs. Calo then handed the keys to Arroyo’s wife and left, the report said.
Arroyo later showed up at Calo’s front door trying to get him outside, but Calo wanted him to leave, the report said. When police arrived, officers offered to park Arroyo’s vehicle in a safe place and give him a ride home, but Arroyo was insistent that he didn’t want to leave because he had been run over, according to the report.
Officers told Arroyo they would take a photo of his leg for their records. When police tried to take a picture, the report said, Arroyo requested that an officer in charge respond to the scene and quickly turned around to prevent the officer from getting a photo.
When Sgt. Corey Middlebrooks, the officer in charge, arrived, Arroyo took out his cell phone and began recording the interaction “for his social media” while telling police he wanted to drive home in his own car, despite being told he was too drunk to drive by police, the report said. Middlebrooks at one point opened the passenger door of his police cruiser and told Arroyo to get in so he could give him a ride home, the report said.
Despite multiple attempts to reason with Arroyo, police said he refused and backed away when approached. He then started repeating “A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3” “in an attempt to convince us that he was not intoxicated,” police said.
Because of his alleged lack of cooperation and refusal to leave, police told Arroyo he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, the report said.
Arroyo was put in handcuffs but allegedly pulled away when brought over to the police cruiser, the report said. He allegedly refused to get in the car, so he was pulled in by two officers. Once inside, police said, Arroyo allegedly stiffened his legs, making it impossible for police to close the car door all the way.
He was forced inside the car and allegedly began kicking the windows of the police cruiser, the report said. On the way to the city jail, Arroyo continued to maintain he did nothing wrong and again, unprompted, began to chant the alphabet, mixing up several letters at the end, the report said.
On the way inside the jail, the report said, Arroyo tried to run while in handcuffs but was quickly caught and taken into the jail, where he repeatedly kicked the cell door and refused to cooperate.
In a phone call Saturday, Mayor Chase Ritenauer said he hopes Arroyo gets the help he needs.
“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, and I hope if this is an issue for Councilman Arroyo he gets the help that he needs,” Ritenauer said. “It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances for him and the city. I’m happy nobody’s hurt. That’s the bottom line and the next step is he can hopefully make amends and get the help he needs.”
This is not the first time Arroyo has been charged with crimes. He was convicted of numerous charges over the years, including a disturbing the peace noise conviction stemming from a 2013 incident in Lorain. He pleaded no contest in Elyria Municipal Court in 2012 to a disorderly conduct persisting charge that was reduced from assault and had a no operator’s license conviction in Avon Lake Municipal Court in 2007.
Arroyo had multiple convictions in 2003, including in Oberlin Municipal Court for not having an operator’s license and fictitious plates. That same year, he pleaded no contest to one drunken driving charge and saw a second reduced to reckless operation and persistent disorderly conduct in Elyria Municipal Court. He also pleaded no contest to an underage alcohol charge in 2003.
According to the city jail, Arroyo was released about 11 a.m. Saturday. In a Twitter message, Arroyo said he had no comment on the situation.
Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.