Belding man Tasered at party

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:35 pm on Thursday, November 24, 2011

BELDING — A 20-year-old Belding man was Tasered by police Saturday after allegedly resisting arrest at a party.
Belding police received a report of a fight in progress in the backyard of 710 Broas St. in Belding at 5:15 p.m., according to Police Chief Dale Nelson. An Ionia County sheriff’s deputy and a Belding police officer responded to the scene.
“It was reported to the officers that they were just play wrestling in the backyard,” Nelson said of the reported fight. “Upon further investigation and talking to all persons involved, a Belding man was identified as having a criminal contempt bench warrant on him for failure to pay a fine.”
Police entered the home with the homeowner’s permission and found the man in a bedroom.
“It appeared that the subject had been drinking,” Nelson said.
Nelson said the man was advised a warrant was out for his arrest. The man allegedly became “uncooperative, aggressive and hostile.”
Nelson said both the sheriff’s deputy and the Belding officer warned the man he would be Tasered if he did not comply. The two officers continued trying to calm the man to no avail.
“The situation escalated, at which time the sheriff’s deputy advised him that he was going to Tase him, at which time the Taser was deployed and the suspect was handcuffed with further incident,” Nelson said. “He was placed under arrest and transferred to the Ionia County Jail.”
The man, whose name was not released, bonded out of jail that same day. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in 64A District Court in Ionia.
Nelson said the use of the Taser kept the situation from a worse outcome.
“It’s just another instance where it lessened the possibility of a suspect or officer being injured as result of hostile or aggressive response to a police presence,” he said.
Ionia County Sheriff’s Lt. Roger Vander Molen agreed that the Taser can be a helpful tool.
“It takes away from the injury portion from not only our officers, but our subjects also,” he said. “It takes away the injuries for everybody involved.”

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