Man arrested after assaulting police officer in Santa Maria

Man was stopped while riding bicycle

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Santa Maria man was arrested Friday evening after police say he assaulted a police officer during a traffic stop in Santa Maria.

According to a press release from the Santa Maria Police Department, an officer made a traffic stop on a man riding a bicycle when the man refused to comply with orders.

The officer called for backup but before additional officers could arrive a struggle ensued. The suspect allegedly physically resisted the officer and struck the officer in the face.

The officer was eventually able to subdue the man and handcuff him.

The man has been identified as Mark Pompa, 27, of Santa Maria. Pompa was on parole and police said he is known to use controlled substances.

Pompa was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on a complaint of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

The arresting officer suffered injuries to his face, head and arm and an additional officer received injuries to his arm. Pompa sustained "minor cuts to his face." All three were treated at Marian Medical Center and were later released. 

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