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Man in custody on drug, battery charges

Posted: March 26, 2010 2:51 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2010 2:51 p.m.
 
A Canyon Country man is behind bars today after a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy conducted a traffic stop near Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue Thursday night.

After a preliminary investigation, the deputy searched the man and reportedly found drug paraphernalia. As the deputy attempted to control the suspect, the man broke from his grasp, struck him with his elbow and began running through the parking lot of a nearby Taco Bell restaurant.

The deputy gave chase and was joined by a Santa Clarita resident who witnessed the incident. The suspect ran into the back yard of a residence in the 19000 block of Wellhaven Street. Several deputies and a helicopter from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Aero Bureau contained the entire neighborhood. The man was later located inside a nearby garage.

He was taken into custody without further incident and deputies recovered methamphetamine at the scene. The deputy was not injured.

The suspect, James Castaldi, 41, was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. He faces potential felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of battery on a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

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