Man stunned three times by police, arrested in Atwater
04/30/2013 5:00 PM
04/30/2013 11:33 PM
A man is in custody after he was stunned with a Taser three times while trying to run from police.
William Archer, 47, was arrested Monday on suspicion of battery on a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, probation violation and resisting arrest.
Lt. Sam Joseph of the Atwater Police Department said officer David Walker was on routine patrol when he witnessed a bicycle violation in the 2000 block of Olive Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Walker tried to make a traffic stop, but the man, later identified as Archer, kept riding, Joseph said. Archer eventually rode into a mobile home park, where he dumped his bike and ran.
Archer tried to climb a cyclone fence, but Walker grabbed him, Joseph said.
Archer resisted, and Walker used his Taser to subdue the man, Joseph said. He had to be stunned three times.
"This guy did not want to go in," Joseph said.
Archer has been living in the Atwater area and the Police Department has been looking for him for more than a year, Joseph said, who added that Archer has been problematic for law enforcement in the past. There have been instances in which a local school had to be put on lockdown as Archer fled from authorities, Joseph said.
"He's a very dangerous guy," he said.
Archer is being held on $133,500 bail, according to deputy Delray Shelton, sheriff's spokesman.
Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or email@example.com.
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