Ash Flat police used a stun gun on a Mammoth Spring man after he wouldn't comply with orders during a traffic stop Sept. 1.
While on patrol Ash Flat Officer Shane Russell observed a 1994 Toyota Corolla make a wide left turn from Highway 167 onto Highway 62 at an unsafe speed, Russell said. He then followed the car.
"The vehicle continued to travel faster than the posted speed, and the driver appeared to be jerking the steering wheel as he leaned over into the passenger area several times," Russell said.
Russell attempted to initiate a traffic stop near College Drive and the Cimmaron Restaurant, but the driver didn't stop when Russell turned on the police lights, he said. When Russell activated the police siren, the driver drove more than a half mile before he pulled over.
Russell and Officer Tamara Roberts approached the car and noticed the driver, identified as 56-year-old Ricky Johnson, acting in a nervous manner and moving around inside the car, Russell said. Johnson told Russell he suffers from a pinched nerve which causes his jerking movements. Johnson gave the officers permission to search his car.
"As Mr. Johnson stepped from the car, I asked him if he had any weapons on him, to which Mr. Johnson stated no," Russell said. "However, at the same time, Mr. Johnson had put his hands into his pockets and as he pulled his left hand from his pocket I observed a blue lighter and a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana."
Russell then told Johnson he was under arrest and told him to place his hands behind his back. Johnson did not comply, Russell said. Russell told Johnson again to place his hands behind his back, but he continued to back away from the officers. Roberts then drew her Taser and told Johnson again to place his hands behind his back. She told him if he didn't follow her orders she would Tase him.
"Officer Roberts gave these commands three to four times, and as Mr. Johnson reached the front of his vehicle he turned his back to the officers and advanced as if to take off running," Russell said.
Roberts then deployed the stun gun which penetrated Johnson's back. Johnson was then transported to the Sharp County Jail where medical personnel removed the Taser prongs from his back and treated his wounds.
Johnson is charged with possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.