Man Arrested Following Chaotic Incident That Landed Both Him and Deputy in Hospital
A man was recently arrested following a chaotic incident that saw both himself and a Calaveras County deputy hospitalized for injuries, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
On February 18, 2023, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a reckless driver on Highway 4 near Murphys. The deputy located the vehicle and attempted to communicate with the driver, but the individual was reportedly speaking incoherently, seemingly attempting to emulate a foreign language, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Eventually, the deputy was able to obtain the necessary information, but the situation quickly escalated. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Daniel Allen Theodore Gold from Dorrington, became more visibly agitated and verbally hostile inside his vehicle.
Suddenly, Gold reportedly exited his vehicle and aggressively advanced toward the deputy, allegedly exclaiming, “Someone is dying tonight.” Gold then ran back to his vehicle. Concerned that Gold may be retrieving a weapon, the deputy tried to intervene and Gold allegedly resisted and punched the deputy.
As the situation continued to escalate, the Angels Camp Police Department was called for backup. During an ensuing struggle, the deputy, a police dog, and the suspect fell down a steep embankment. The ACPD officer held onto the deputy’s outer ballistic vest carrier to prevent him from sliding further down the embankment while attempting to assist with handcuffing the suspect.
Despite the assistance of the ACPD officer and police dog, Gold was able to escape and run down the embankment toward a nearby creek. The deputy, officer, and K9 chased after him and again took him to the ground. During the second struggle, the suspect was able to remove the deputy’s pepper spray and deploy a short burst toward the deputy.
Eventually, with the assistance of the ACPD Officer and K9, the suspect was disarmed and taken into custody without further incident. Due to injuries sustained during the incident, the deputy received treatment at a local hospital and was released. Daniel Gold was also taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked at the Calaveras County Jail.
Gold was booked on several charges including felony obstruction of a peace officer, felony removal of a weapon from a peace officer, misdemeanor battery on a peace officer and police canine officer, and felony unlawful possession and use of tear gas. He is currently being held on $1,175,000 bail.