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Tasers don't stop sign-fighting man

Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM   |   Comments

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Police say a New Mexico man fighting with a stop sign kept fighting officers even after he was shot with Taser darts and doused with pepper spray.

Roswell police said they responded to a report of a man engaging in an altercation with a stop sign early Friday and they arrived to find Raymond Garcia, 45, who appeared to be under the alleged influence of drugs, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported Tuesday.

Police said Garcia was belligerent and attempted to flee from the officers. The arrest report said two officers shot Garcia with Taser darts, but he broke them off from his stomach and kicked at the officers.

"Usually when somebody is tased, their muscles contract and don't allow them to do anything, and that's why you normally see them fall to the ground," Sabrina Morales of the Roswell Police Department said. "So this person, Garcia, had to be on some sort of drug possibly that was not allowing his system to react normally."

Garcia was also doused with pepper spray, but he wiped it from his face and kept fighting, police said. They said he managed to grab an officer's baton and attempted to use it to fight police.

Officers said they were finally able to subdue Garcia and he was jailed on charged of aggravated assault against a peace officer, disarming, and resisting officers.

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