Traffic stop of combative driver leads to tazing

Published 1:29 am Sunday, December 9, 2007

Failing to stop when a deputy attempted to pull the driver over lead to the use of a stunning device on a Picayune resident.

The incident occurred Monday, when Charles R. Smith, 41, of 515 Maxwell St., Picayune, was operating a motor vehicle in a careless manner, as witnessed by a Pearl River County deputy, according to a press release from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department

According to the release, Smith was seen driving in a careless manner on Rosa Street When the deputy attempted to pull Smith over on Lewis Circle, Smith exited the vehicle and ran from the scene, the release states.

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The deputy gave chase, yelling for Smith to stop but Smith failed to comply with the deputy’s commands, the release states. The deputy’s commands went unheeded and the deputy used his Tazer X-26 to apprehend Smith, the release states.

After Smith was cuffed he continued to attempt to fight with the deputy, the release states. At that time officers with the Picayune Police Department arrived on scene and assisted the deputy in getting control of Smith, the release states.

During a search of Smith’s vehicle a .22-caliber handgun was found in the vehicle, the release states. Smith was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest by fleeing, possession of paraphernalia, no turn signal, no seatbelt, driving while license suspended and disorderly conduct, the release states.