Pants-Dropping Suspect Assaults Oceanside Cop: PD

Bizarre incident started when Oceanside officer stopped to help him

A suspect dropped his pants and exposed himself to a group of officers -- and then punched an Oceanside police officer in the head in a bizarre incident on Monday night, police said.

Officers were called in at about 10:30 p.m. and asked to provide medical assistance to the man standing at San Diego and Bush streets in Oceanside.

The man didn’t need medical attention, but wanted a ride to Tri City Medical Center to pick up medication, according to a news release from the Oceanside Police Department.

But police said when the man realized he wasn’t going to get a ride, he dropped his pants, exposed himself and made an obscene comment as he slapped his buttocks.

As officers were attempting to take him into custody for indecent exposure, he punched one of the officers in the head, police said.

The 22-year-old man, identified as Derrick Anders, was then arrested on charges of felony assault of a peace officer. Police said he's a transient but identifies San Diego as his hometown.

The officer was treated at the scene and returned to his shift.

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