A Payson man with a string of underage consumption and fighting convictions was arrested Christmas Eve after police say he screamed at several people and head-butted an officer.
Cantrell Chambers, 22, was arrested at about 5:40 p.m. on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.
The whole ordeal started several hours before police arrived, when Chambers was kicked out of a home he was staying at in the 200 block of East Cherry Street —twice. Officers learned from relatives at that home that Chambers had become belligerent and was acting disorderly. Chambers was asked to leave, which he did, but returned several hours later. Chambers behavior was still disorderly so he was asked to leave again. A female relative picked up Chambers at the home, but after only having him in her vehicle for a short while, she dropped him off for acting offensively and making derogatory comments, Engler said.
Chambers was let out in front of a home in the 300 block of East Cherry Street. Several dogs at a home began barking at Chambers. Chambers kicked at a fence the dogs were behind and yelled. A 7-year-old and 14-year-old who were playing with the dogs before Chambers arrived watched as Chambers cursed at the dogs.
A woman inside the home called police to report an intoxicated man was striking at her dogs and using profanity, Engler said.
When a Gila County sheriff’s deputy and PPD officer arrived, Chambers said he hadn’t done anything. Officers arrested Chambers on disorderly conduct charges and brought him to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
“He continued hollering and being offensive to the officers,” Engler said.
At the office, PPD Officer Lorenzo Ortiz attempted to get Chambers out of the police vehicle, however, Chambers did not want to cooperate and allegedly head-butted Ortiz, damaging his eyeglasses. Ortiz was not injured.
Chambers was brought into the sheriff’s office and booked with the additional charge of resisting arrest.
According to court records, Chambers was convicted twice of disorderly conduct-fighting, five times for underage consumption and once for criminal damage and possession of drug paraphernalia.