A 23-year-old pedestrian has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Woodland motorcycle officer.
The incident occurred about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday as a police officer assigned to the traffic division conducted a traffic enforcement stop on East Main Street near Industrial Way. As the officer got off his motorcycle, he noticed and individual walking down the sidewalk toward the area of the traffic stop.
When the officer began to approach the stopped vehicle, the pedestrian approached from the officer's blind side and punched him in the right side of the head, according to a Police Department news release. The officer was wearing his motorcycle helmet, which absorbed the blow, and the officer was not injured.
The suspect, later identified as Daniel Thomas Milliman of Woodland, backed away, clenching his fists, and then ran northbound across East Main Street. While running across the street, Milliman was nearly struck by a truck and trailer rig, then continued running northbound to Industrial Way, police said.
The officer radioed for assistance and then gave chase on his motorcycle. Another officer heard the radio call and drove southbound on Industrial Way. The two officers converged on the suspect in front of the YoloBus office on Industrial Way.
Police said Miliman put up some resistance as officers apprehended and handcuffed him, and sustained a minor cut to the side of his mouth.
According to police, Milliman is on unsupervised probation and was transferred to Yolo County from Southern California. He was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital for medical clearance, then booked into the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of using violence on a peace officer to prevent the officer from performing his duties, and for violation of the terms of his probation.