Saturday, 25 May 2024

Deputies taser DUI suspect following brief pursuit

LUCERNE – On Tuesday night Lake County Sheriff's deputies tasered a man suspected of driving under the influence and possessing a dangerous weapon who had attempted to flee from them following a brief foot and vehicle pursuit.


Curtis Frank Anderson, 36, of Nice was tasered in the backyard of a residence at the corner of Foothill Drive and Victoria Street at about 10 p.m.


Anderson, who was driving an older model pickup, had traveled down Foothill Drive at a high rate of speed and came to a stop in front of the home, fleeing into the backyard.


The house's occupants emerged and began screaming at two sheriff's deputies who emerged from a single sheriff's car, who pursued the man into the yard and told him to stop.


The deputies were approached by another subject who they told to get back. At one point a deputy ordered one of the men to put down a stick.


When their orders weren't followed, one of the deputies deployed a taser that hit Anderson, taking him to the ground.


While in the process of taking Anderson back to the vehicle, several subjects from the home continued to scream obscenities at the deputies. When another subject refused to back away from the patrol car, he, too, was taken into custody.


Two other patrol cars arrived at the scene and assisted with an investigation. A towing company impounded Anderson's pickup at the order of the sheriff's deputies.


Anderson was subsequently arrested and transported to have a blood draw before he was booked into the Lake County Jail on a felony charge of possessing/manufacturing/selling a dangerous weapon or explosive and a felony parole violation.


He also was charged with misdemeanors including driving under the influence, obstructing a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.


No information was available early Wednesday morning about the other subject arrested at the same time as Anderson.


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