sticky zone 56764
Sponsored by


Note: This story is more than 5 years old.

Deputy loses eye in DUI arrest fight

A Pima County Sheriff's deputy has lost an eye after being kicked by a woman who was being arrested for drunk driving Saturday night, authorities said. An account has been set up to raise money to help cover him and his family.

Sgt. Mark Bustamante was kicked in the left eye by a 28-year-old woman who "deliberately began kicking at those around her" as she was being placed in a patrol car after being arrested for alleged driving under the influence, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Yesennia Gonzalez, who was handcuffed, became "physically resistant" and "intentionally kicked (Bustamante) in his left eye with the heel of her boot," said Deputy Cody Gress.

The incidet took place near East Drexel Road and South Alvernon Way around midnight on Saturday, Gress said.

Bustamante was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery on his eye, but doctors "were not able to save it," Gress said. Bustamante's eye was later removed by doctors.

Gonzalez, who also kicked another deputy at the scene, was booked into the Pima County jail on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of DUI, Gress said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Bustamante, Gress said.

- 30 -
have your say   


There are no comments on this report. Sorry, comments are closed.

Sorry, we missed your input...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Read all of's
coronavirus reporting here »

Click image to enlarge


PCSD Sgt. Mark Bustamante