MUNDS PARK, Arizona — Dog bites man is not news. Naked man runs across interstate and begins punching police car — now that’s a story.
Arizona police say that that was just the beginning of a wild encounter with an enraged motorist along a quiet stretch of highway between Phoenix and Flagstaff on Sunday.
The bizarre series of events began when officers with the state Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a man lying on the median between the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 17 following a possible domestic dispute.
When a trooper arrived, police say he found a BMW stopped blocking a lane of traffic. As the officer pulled up behind the vehicle, cops say a buck naked Montrais Boyd, of Westminster, California ran at the police car and began punching it with his fists.
The officer then pulled away and maneuvered in front of the BMW, when Boyd allegedly began ramming the patrol car numerous times before driving off heading the wrong way for over a mile along the interstate, driving north in the southbound lanes.
As the officer gave pursuit, cops say Boyd temporarily lost control of his vehicle, traveled over the shoulder and entered the northbound lanes, this time heading the right way.
The officer, whose patrol car had suffered heavy damage from when Boyd allegedly rammed it, was unable to keep up with the BMW and eventually lost sight of it. A few miles further up the road Boyd lost control once again and ran into a rock embankment, rolling over the vehicle.
Boyd and his four-year-old son who was in the car, suffered minor cuts and bruises in the crash and were treated and released at a local hospital. Police say the officer suffered moderate injuries.
Boyd was charged aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument, felony endangerment, child abuse and criminal damage charges. His son was taken into custody by his mother at the hospital.