Worker Tased due to bizarre behavior

February 13, 2009 1:49:10 PM PST
A Santa Rosa man whose behavior became bizarre while he was remodeling a mobile home was shot with a Taser gun Thursday night, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you Albert Medina, 43, is suspected of ransacking the mobile home he was remodeling in the Western Mobile Home Park on Santa Rosa Avenue, the sheriff's department said.

Deputies responded around 10 p.m. when several residents reported a shirtless man screaming uncontrollably, thrashing around in backyards, kicking fences and rolling around in the middle of the road, the sheriff's department said.

One caller said the man was bleeding profusely from open wounds on his upper torso. Before deputies arrived, the man jumped into the rear seat of a parked car that didn't belong to him and continued his bizarre behavior, authorities said.

Deputies requested an ambulance before they arrived and ordered Medina out of the car. He complied when told to lay down on the ground but then got up, the sheriff's department said. Because of his violent behavior and lack of cooperation, a deputy shot Medina with a Taser, authorities said.

Medina was arrested, treated by medical personnel and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The sheriff's department said he was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.

Medina was later booked into the Sonoma County Jail for being under the influence of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice, felony vandalism and a parole violation.

Medina suffered his injuries while he ransacked the mobile home he was remodeling, according to the sheriff's department.

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