Thursday, 02 February 2023

Officers use Taser on suspect in vehicle theft

CLEARLAKE – Clearlake Police reported that on Monday officers used a Taser on a suspect who is alleged to have stolen a vehicle.


A Monday report from Sgt. Rodd Joseph explained that officers used the device in apprehending 18-year-old Clearlake resident and student Randy Dean Fouche.


Clearlake Police received a report on Sunday from a 42nd Avenue resident that their 1991 Chevy Caprice was stolen from their driveway, Joseph reported.


Joseph said that officers took a police report and had the license plate number and vehicle identification number entered into the Stolen Vehicle System, a national computer database used by law enforcement agencies to report and log stolen vehicles.


Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday Clearlake Police Officer Dominic Ramirez saw the reported stolen Chevy Caprice near the intersections of Brannan and Manzanita avenues while he was on patrol, Joseph reported.


Ramirez requested additional police units as the vehicle was occupied by a lone subject wearing a ski mask and gloves, according to Joseph's report.


Officers Tim Hobbs and Ryan Petersen responded to Ramirez’s location, Joseph reported, where the officers ordered the suspect – later identified as Fouche – was ordered from the car at gunpoint several times.


Joseph said Fouche wouldn't comply with the officers’ orders, and refused to get out of the car after the officers repeatedly told him to do so.


When it became clear Fouche wasn't going to cooperate, Officer Petersen deployed his department-issued X26 Taser on Fouche, Joseph reported.


Fouche was then safely taken into custody, said Joseph. During a search officers found Fouche was in possession of suspected methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe.


After being medically cleared at Redbud Hospital and found to be suffering no permanent injury, Fouche was transported and booked into the Lake County Jail, according to Joseph.


Joseph reported that Fouche was charged with felonies including possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing or resisting an officer and possession of a hypodermic syringe.


Fouche remained in jail Monday night, with bail set at $22,000, according to jail records.


Last week, Clearlake Police reported using Tasers on four individuals at four separate calls around the city on Dec. 23, as Lake County News has reported.


Those incidents involved people either attempting to escape from police or intoxicated subjects who refused to cooperate or began fighting with police, according to a police report.


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