South Lyon police were forced to use a Taser on a man 10 times Saturday night before he was arrested for disturbing the peace and resisting officers.
According to South Lyon Lt. Steven Sharpe, police officers encountered the 20-year-old South Lyon man and two friends after they had been dispatched to a loud house party near Ten Mile Road and Easton. The officers questioned the three men, who were walking along the road around 3 a.m., if they had been involved at the party. During the questioning, the 20-year-old began to walk away.
Sharpe said the man's two companions told officers that he had taken some “magic mushrooms.” Officers told the man to stop several times, but he continued to wander off. Officers pursued the man, and told him he would be arrested. He allegedly began screaming in a residential area and Sharpe said he took a swing at one of the officers.
After a warning, an officer used his Taser on the suspect, who fell to the ground, but still resisted arrest. The officers used the Taser nine more times before finally securing the man. He was taken into custody.
“Due to physical problems, he was transported to a local hospital,” Sharpe said. “He told doctors there that he had ingested ecstasy and magic mushrooms.”
The man remained at the hospital until he was cleared by doctors. He was then jailed until he sobered up and was released. He was ticketed for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. He is awaiting a court date.
Sharpe said it is the most the department has ever had to use a Taser on an individual. A Taser is an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles.
By Kurt Kuban
July 16, 2009