Teen Tasered after fleeing police

July 26, 2009 12:53:04 PM PDT
Santa Rosa police used a Taser gun to arrest a 17-year-old boy Friday afternoon after he fled from officers who had located a small amount of marijuana and cigarettes in his possession.

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At about 3:40 p.m. Friday, police officers on bicycle patrol spotted two males who appeared to be juveniles smoking cigarettes in the area of the Comstock Mall and Santa Rosa Avenue, according to police.

The suspect, as well as an 18-year-old Sebastopol man, were stopped, and when the officers located the small amount of marijuana, the 17-year-old boy fled from the officers, police said.

The suspect ran north across Third Street toward Fourth Street, and ran into the backdoor of a Mac's Deli restaurant. While he was in the restaurant, one of the pursuing officers deployed his Taser, striking the suspect in the back, according to police.

The suspect was taken into custody without further incident, police said. He was arrested for resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and possession of tobacco by a juvenile.

The suspect was booked into Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, according to police.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the downtown enforcement team of the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 543-3600.

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