Two Grover Beach officers were injured, one seriously, in an incident at Mentone Basin Park on Monday, while conducting a routine safety check in the park's bathrooms.
According to a news release, the officers encountered a man inside the men’s restroom at the park who was suspected of being involved in drug activity. The officers attempted to arrest the man, 23-year-old Trey Anthony Wilson of Grover Beach, and he resisted.
A violent struggle ensued which resulted in Wilson and both officers sustaining injuries, according to the news release.
During the struggle, Wilson allegedly escaped from the officers and fled into the nearby neighborhood where he was located after an extensive search involving law enforcement agencies from Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff.
Following the altercation, Wilson and the officers were being treated at area hospitals for their injuries: the first officer for moderate to serious injuries, and the second officer for minor to moderate injuries. Wilson was treated at a local hospital for his minor injuries and released.
The names of the officers are not being released. Chief John Peters also declined to disclose the extent or nature of the officers' injuries.
A photo taken Monday by Grover Beach resident Jessica Wishard shows emergency responders at Mentone Basin Park on Mentone Avenue and 16th Street shortly after the reported incident.
Wishard said she heard sirens in the area and decided to see what was happening. When she arrived at the park, she saw an officer on the ground, she said.
Wilson was booked into County Jail on charges of resisting an officer; serious battery on an officer and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and for two outstanding arrest warrants. Bail was set at $65,500.