Fearing he might harm himself, Athens-Clarke police use Tasers on naked man

Athens-Clarke County police officers used Tasers on a naked man last week to keep him from harming himself, according to a police report made public Monday.

 

After having already shocked the man with a Taser once Wednesday morning, police said they used a Taser a second time when it appeared the 40-year-old man might walk into traffic on South Milledge Avenue.

Police received a call about 11:45 a.m. reporting that a naked man was smoking a cigarette on Waddell Street.

Police said that when they got there, the man was waving his arms and cursing as he walked on Waddell Street toward South Milledge Avenue.

A police officer stunned the man with a jolt of electricity from a Taser. After the man fell to the ground, another officer managed to get one of the man’s hands into handcuffs, but he got back up before his other hand could be cuffed, according to police.

Seeing that the man was intent on walking toward busy South Milledge Avenue, a second officer blocked the lane adjacent to Waddell Street and shot the man a second time with a Taser. Police then were able to subdue him.

While the man spoke about nonsensical things, police smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He admitted to drinking and taking drugs, but did not say what kind of drugs, police said.

The man, a resident of Waddell Street, was taken by ambulance for an evaluation at a local hospital, police said.

He was not charged.

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