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Mammoth man subdued by taser

Thursday, February 2, 2006

THAYER -- Thayer Police officers say they were forced to use their recently purchased taser gun to subdue a drug suspect Jan. 21.

Officers said in a probable cause statement received from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorneys Office that John Stewart of Mammoth Spring resisted arrest several times after he was stopped for not having a headlight.

Officers said Stewart repeatedly tried to put his hands in his pockets after being ordered not to do so. The officer deployed his Taser M/26 into the man's chest and he fell to the ground. The officer said when the timer was up on the taser Stewart began resisting again and another officer on the scene fired a taser again. The officers said they were then able to handcuff the suspect.

"All of our officers are trained in using the taser. The reason they used it is because he was resisting arrest. Officers never know what a suspect has in their pocket. It could be a weapon," Thayer Police Chief Gene Hatman said.

Thayer officers were patrolling on Old Alton Road Jan. 21 when they noticed a white truck with a headlight out. The officers said they turned on their lights to stop the truck.

The officer said before he could exit his patrol car the driver of the truck, Stewart, swung open the door of the truck, got out and started walking toward him.

The officer said he noticed the man's pockets were bulging and he was acting nervous.

He said he asked him what was in his pockets and Stewart said, "Nothing," and started to walk away. The officer said he started to pat Stewart down and when he reached his pockets, Stewart told him he would empty them on the hood of the patrol car.

The officer said Stewart pulled several items from his left pocket and said, "That's all of it." Officers said there was still a bulge in Stewart's right pocket and he asked him what it was.

The officer said Stewart then became even more nervous and tried to walk away from him. He kept trying to put his hand in his right pocket and the officer said he kept telling him not to. The officer said Stewart began bringing his elbow back trying to knock him back.

Another officer grabbed Stewart's hand when he tried to put it in his pocket. The officer then reached into Stewart's pocket and said he felt a plastic baggie.

The officer said Stewart started to resist more, still trying to get his hand in his pocket. He said this is when he used his taser.

When the officers pulled Stewart from the ground they found a small baggie with an orange powder substance inside. They then searched the vehicle and in the back of the truck found a small plastic box with a glass vial containing a crystal substance. The officers said when they got Stewart to the police station and were logging his clothes, they found two more small bags containing a white powder and a small tube with a powder substance in it.

The officer said he performed a field test on a sample from the glass vial and from the orange powder and they both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Stewart, 48, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. He was transported to the Oregon Country Jail.

Stewart posted a $30,000 bond Jan. 25 and is scheduled to appear in Oregon County Circuit Court Feb. 8 to answer the drug charge.

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