Man shot with Taser, arrested after fleeing police

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A man who police believe was trying to harm himself was arrested early Wednesday morning after crashing his car and being hit with the Taser by state troopers, Michigan State Police said Thursday in a statement.

About 1 a.m. Wednesday, state police pulled over a Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a cracked windshield on Warren near West Grand Boulevard on the Detroit’s west side.

The man had initially stopped for police, but then he fled westbound on Warren. Near Livernois, the Monte Carlo lost control and hit a tree. Troopers ordered the man out of his vehicle, they said.

But the man disregarded troopers’ verbal commands to put his hands up, so they deployed a Taser, according to police.

It had no effect.

It was only when a trooper reached through the man’s passenger-side window that he was pulled from the car and taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police say the man then made statements that he wanted to harm himself. Troopers arrested the man but turned him over to a local hospital, where he was committed for a medical evaluation. A report on the incident will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review.