Taft Cop on Administrative Leave after allegedly running over man’s legs

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 16:44:30-04

First, the attorney for Taft Police Sergeant Desmond Whitson, the officer who allegedly ran over Frankie Castro’s legs, on Ash Street, around 3:30 Tuesday morning, Eric Perkins, tells us Sergeant Whitson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. 

Castro claims his legs appear bruised because Whitson ran over them as he was chasing Castro.
And that these tire tracks leading to a damaged shed at Castros’ home on Ash Street show Whitson was going pretty fast as he pursued Castro.   

Remember, Castro told Action Ten News that Whitson found him at a friend’s house.  Told him he had a warrant for his arrest.  Then handcuffed him.
Castro admits he ran from the scene, handcuffed.
Castro also told us he knew about the warrant, but that it was for about $500.00 in unpaid traffic tickets.

But today, the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office told us something else.
That there were actually 3 warrants out for Castro’s arrest.
Evading arrest from January 2nd this year.  Criminal trespass and injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person from January 30th this year.

They further told us Castro was taken into custody at 8:49 a.m. Tuesday by Whitson.  Paid a $5000.00 bond and was released at 1:22 p.m.
We met with him at his home around 3 Tuesday afternoon.

Since yesterday, Action Ten News has made a minimum of 6 attempts to contact Taft Police Chief John Cornish for comment on this story. 
He has not responded.
Castro’s attorney tells us his client went in for further treatment for his legs last night and may consult an orthopedic specialist.

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