Police use Taser on man who fled from vehicle

2012-11-19T12:40:00Z 2012-11-19T22:47:03Z Police use Taser on man who fled from vehicleJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A Portage man learned this weekend that it's not a good thing to run from police.

Pedro G.Y. Hernandez, 20, 6283 Lakewood Ave., was charged with resisting law enforcement and minor consumption of alcohol early Saturday morning following a traffic stop on Hamstrom Road.

Police stopped a black Chrysler 300 just before 4 a.m. for allegedly running a stop sign. The car contained a driver and two passengers, all 20 years of age.

During the stop police suspected Hernandez and the other passenger Bret T. Trowbridge, of 6292 Venus Ave., Portage, had been drinking alcohol. When an officer returned to his vehicle to get a portable breathalyzer instrument, police said Hernandez ran south on Hamstrom Road. A second officer began chasing Hernandez on foot and then drew his Taser, discharging it after giving Hernandez a warning.

Hernandez fell to the ground, attempted to get up again and was subdued by the police officer and handcuffed. Hernandez was transported to Porter Portage Hospital Campus for treatment of injuries sustained in the pursuit and was later transported to the Porter County Jail.

Trowbridge registered a BAC of .077. He was arrested and charged with minor consumption of alcohol and transported to Porter County Jail.

The driver of the vehicle had not been drinking alcohol and was released at the scene.

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