A Lake Havasu City man nearly escaped arrest on two misdemeanor warrants, thanks to Havasu’s summer heat.

Officers were called to a Snead Drive business July 29 after receiving reports of a verbal altercation between an employer and a former employee identified as 35-year-old Joseph L. Gill, who had just been fired.

Police say Gill may have been under the influence of an unknown substance when officers encountered him. According to the police report, Gill was sweating profusely, speaking in a loud tone of voice, speaking quickly, and pacing. A records check showed two misdemeanor warrants for Gill’s arrest, and officers attempted to arrest him at the scene.

Officers allegedly told Gill to place his hands on the side of his vehicle. When one officer attempted to handcuff him, however, the officer lost his grip due to the sweat that covered Gill’s arms. According to the report, Gill slipped free and fled from police on foot, jumping over a nearby fence and into the back yard of a Cup Drive address.

According to police, the fence had a gate where Gill allegedly leaped over. Officers opened the gate and chased after him, eventually cornering Gill near the front door of a Cup Drive residence.

Gill allegedly refused to comply with officers’ demands to lie on the ground, and an electronic stun device was used to subdue him, the report said. He was transported to Lake Havasu City Jail without further incident.

Gill was charged with one felony count of resisting arrest and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear in court.

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