Springfield Township police use Taser on ‘delirious’ man

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio –  Officers in Springfield Township said they had their hands full Tuesday as they dealt with a  “delirious man.”

It started when they were called out to Milo White Drive for reports of a naked man who was “acting erratic.” On their way there, however, they were told that the man had gotten dressed and was trying to steal a car on Abington Drive.

When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old man had been corralled by witnesses who were holding him inside the car. He was described as “delirious and uncooperative” and was also bleeding from some injuries.

When the police tried to remove him from the car, police said the man bit one of them on the calf, breaking the skin. At that point, police used a Taser on him. He was handcuffed and removed from the car.

EMS was called. Police noted that before EMS arrived, the man was “in distress but was still breathing and had a pulse.” Shortly after EMS arrived however, he had stopped breathing. He was taken to Akron General Hospital, as was the officer who was bit. The officer was treated and released. The man’s condition is not known at this time.

Police report their investigation showed the man had been abusing drugs over three days and had not slept in that time. The incident is currently under investigation.

Springfield Township, OH