A 36-year-old Modesto man is in custody after being shot with a Taser twice Thursday afternoon while fighting with Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies.
Deputy Adam Rodriguez responded to a report at 3:25 p.m. that Brandon Wilson, listed as a transient, was dodging cars on South Seventh Street in front of the Country Girl truck stop. Wilson provided identification, and a background check showed a couple of outstanding traffic warrants from Mariposa County.
"Had he just cooperated, he would have gotten a ticket," Capt. Tim David said.
Instead, Wilson began fighting with Rodriguez and deputy Steve Gerhardt, who had arrived as backup, David said. As the fight escalated, one of the deputies shot Wilson with a Taser, David said.
"He immediately pulled the lead wires off of the darts and started grappling," David said. "One of the deputies used his baton, and (Wilson) tried to run."
Wilson took off, with the deputies in pursuit. He crossed Seventh Street and the railroad tracks, headed toward South Ninth Street.
"They kept chasing him and would catch up, and he'd keep fighting and take off again," David said.
The four-minute confrontation ended in the parking lot of a motel on South Ninth. A second shot from a Taser knocked him to the ground. Wilson continued to fight, but they finally overpowered him, David said.
"They kind of wore him out -- and themselves, too, I might add," David said. "They were spent."
Wilson was examined at Doctors Medical Center before being booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and threatening a peace officer. He is being held on $20,000 bail.
Rodriguez suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released, and will need a few days off to recover, David said.