Columbus police say they had to use a Taser to subdue a suspect who was carrying a stun gun on Saturday.
Police were called to Taylor Road at about 1:15 p.m. after a car crashed into the rear of another vehicle near 31st Street. The driver allegedly got out of the vehicle and began flailing his arms, threatening witnesses and setting off the stun gun, according to Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. After police ordered the man to drop his weapon and he refused, he was shot with the Taser.
Sgt. Jay Frederick had to reload and fire the Taser again after the probes did not make a connection on the first attempt, Harris said.
25-year-old Christopher O. May of North Vernon was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting law enforcement, intimidation, intimidation of a police officer and criminal recklessness.
“Sgt. Frederick was able to utilize less lethal measures while faced with a lethal force situation” Harris said. “There is no doubt that his quick reactions and decision making brought this dangerous situation safely to an end.”