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Driver beat pregnant passenger outside Oakdale rodeo, police say

April 16, 2012 | 11:27 am

Police in the Central Valley town  of Oakdale arrested a driver at gunpoint after they say he beat his pregnant female passenger and charged a mounted police officer while sitting in traffic outside the community's popular rodeo.

Police and witnesses told the Modesto Bee that Julio Cesar Gutierrez, 34, hit his passenger multiple times Saturday before she exited the car, which lurched along in stop-and-go traffic outside the rodeo.

Police told the newspaper they swooped in front of the car to stop it, but Gutierrez continued inching forward at them and made explicit gestures at an officer who attempted to pull him over.

Gutierrez, of Manteca, faces charges of domestic violence, resisting arrest, misdemeanor assault and drunken driving, the Bee reported. Stanislaus County Jail records show he was in custody Monday as of 10:20 a.m. without bail on an immigration hold.

The victim’s name was not released, and a call to the Oakdale Police Department was not immediately returned.  

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--Matt Stevens

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