Officers with the Waco Police Department stopped a vehicle on Friday night for traffic violations, near the intersection of New Road and Waco Drive around 9:30 p.m.
According to the police report, the driver, Gerald Wayne Guthrie, 43, of Waco attempted to dispose of a baggie of methamphetamine and pulled a knife on the officer during the stop.
The officer stopped Guthrie for having no taillights. While approaching Guthrie's vehicle, police say Guthrie jumped out from the vehicle while trying to hide a baggie of methamphetamine. As the officer was approaching Guthrie, Guthrie allegedly fled and ran into traffic on New Road, where the officer was able to arrest him. As Guthrie was being escorted back to the patrol car, officers say he became combative again and was able to pull a knife from his pocket, threatening the officer. The officer was able to deploy his taser, initially putting Guthrie to the ground. Guthrie struggled with the officer again and ran a second time. During this struggle, a Paladin Security Officer stopped and assisted the Waco Police Officer in getting Guthrie handcuffed and secure. Several citizens stopped as well to assist by calling 911 indicating an officer needed assistance at this location.
Once in custody, Guthrie was found to be wanted on a burglary warrant and theft warrants from Waco, as well as having a warrant from parole. In addition, Guthrie is now charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Traffic Fines.
During the inventory of Guthrie’s vehicle, several stolen items from a Woodway Police Department case were recovered. Additional charges may be filed by Woodway P.D. at a later time.
The officer received minor injuries during the struggle.