Saline Police Used Electroshock Gun to Subdue Drunk Teenager

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 12/30/2014 - 14:57

A Saline Police Department officer used an electroshock gun to subdue a 17-year-old Saline teenager arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

On Nov. 25, about 10 p.m., Sgt. Jay Basso was dispatched to Michigan Avenue, near Weller’s, after the dispatcher received several calls from drivers who said a man walking in traffic was nearly struck by vehicles. Basso immediately recognized the teen and two other males. According to the report, the teenager had several abrasions and scratches on his face and a chipped front tooth. He was also visibly drunk, in the officer’s estimation.

According to the report, the teenager began screaming obscenities and threatening Basso. The teenager then laid down in the middle of the street. According to the report, the teenager then stood in a “fighting stance” and began swinging his arms and pointing at Basso. Believing the teenager was getting set to fight, Basso fired his electroshock gun into the teen’s torso. He curled up and rolled on the ground. Basso kept him on the ground until backup arrived. He was arrested. Concerned the suspect might be on unknown drugs, police called paramedics to evaluate the suspect at the Saline Police Department. Paramedics transferred the suspect to the University of Michigan Hospital.

A breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .22.

The teenager was also ticketed for underage drinking. 

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