Brett Pendleton, 36, was off duty when he was stopped on Highway 79 in Winchester for speeding on the morning of April 6.
The California Highway Patrol said Pendleton failed a sobriety test and threatened the arresting officer with harm or great bodily injury. Pendleton also allegedly damaged the CHP patrol car.
Pendleton posted a $5,000 bond and was released. He is on administrative leave from the sheriff's department.