A Utah Highway Patrol trooper used a Taser to stun a 42-year-old transient walking south on northbound I-15 Friday afternoon after the man ignored orders and started a brawl with two officers, according to UHP spokesman Ted Tingey. Full story published December 7th, 2007 by the Deseret Morning News. Sorry, no YouTube video available (LOL).
A field trooper, who UHP officials are not identifying yet, saw the "homeless-looking" suspect walking in the opposite direction of freeway traffic on Interstate 15 near the Point of the Mountain by Bluffdale. The officer stopped to ask the suspect, who wasn't wearing a coat in the rainy weather, if he needed help. But the suspect just kept walking.
The officer reversed his car to again face the suspect for questioning, but the suspect just kept going. After a backup arrived, the suspect still did not respond to the officers, so the officers grabbed him. At that point, the suspect began physically fighting the officers. As a result, one of the officers Tasered him. The suspect, who police believe is a vagrant from Mexico, fell and gashed his cheek.
Paramedics attended to the wound at the scene; the suspect was taken to American Fork Hospital for further attention. He received a couple of stitches in his head and had a bruised shoulder. He will be booked into Utah County Jail for suspicion of two misdemeanor offenses: pedestrian on a freeway and resisting arrest.
Commentary: Much different than the Jared Massey situation. The officers attempted to physically apprehend the suspect first. Only after the suspect resisted did they deploy the Taser. So it looks like the Utah Highway Patrol has already learned one lesson from the Jared Massey incident.