An Arnold Police officer used a stun gun to subdue a 56-year-old Imperial man who allegedly tried to leave the scene of an accident. The accident happened about 4 p.m. May 4 on Hwy. 141 near Lone Star Drive, police reported.
Police were called to the area after the man reportedly crashed a 2007 Hummer into a light pole. When an officer arrived, the man was trying to get back onto the highway and spinning the Hummer’s wheels, the report said.
The officer told the man to turn off the engine and get out of the Hummer, but he reportedly did not comply and instead made a lewd hand gesture toward the officers, according to the report.
An officer used a baton to try to break the driver-side window to get the man to turn off the Hummer’s engine and exit the vehicle, but the baton broke before the window shattered. The officer then drew his gun and ordered the man out of the Hummer, and the man eventually rolled down the window, allowing the officer to turn off the engine, the report said.
However, the man still refused to get out of the vehicle, and he allegedly began to reach under his seat. The officer then used the stun gun on the driver, and four officers removed the man from the Hummer. The officers struggled with the man after removing him from the Hummer before they were able to restrain him. The driver had facial injuries consistent with a head-on collision and marks from where he was struck by the stun gun, according to the report.
Officers also allegedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the Hummer, the report said.
Officers asked the man at the scene if he needed medical attention, but he refused. He was then taken to the Police Station, and while at the station, the man said he did need to go to a hospital, after all, and an ambulance was called to transport him. However, after he was booked, he said he wanted to leave prior to the ambulance arriving, and he was released on summonses to appear in Arnold Municipal Court for careless and imprudent driving, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Capt. Rich Shular said.