September 21, 2011

Man arrested after traffic stop tries to escape from deputies twice

Marathon – A man, arrested after a traffic stop Tuesday night tried to escape from deputies twice; he failed his attempt both times after a Taser stopped him from fleeing.

Deputy Christian Galls stopped 22 year old Cody Wallace at 9:30 p.m. at U.S. One and 48th Street after he saw the taillight out on his 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.

As he spoke with Wallace, Deputy Galls noticed he was acting nervous so he called for additional deputies. Deputy Danielle Malone arrived with her K-9 Tracer. As Deputy Galls ran Wallace’s name through his computer, Deputy Malone had Wallace exit his car and she used her dog to check the exterior of the car for the scent of narcotics.

The dog alerted on the car, so Deputy Malone began doing a search of the interior. She found two cans of beer, one open beside the driver’s seat. She also found a marijuana cigarette just behind the driver’s seat. Deputy Galls also learned Wallace’s license was suspended.

Deputy Thomas Hill also arrived on the scene. As the deputies were explaining to Wallace that he would be arrested, he took off running. Deputy Galls caught him and they struggled. Deputy Malone deployed her Taser and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Paramedics were called to the scene to remove the Taser prongs. While they were there, Wallace complained of chest pains so he was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Deputy Hill went to the hospital with him. Deputies Galls and Malone followed. As they pulled up outside the hospital, they heard Deputy Hill on the radio. He said Wallace had once again tried to escape, this time from the hospital.

As Deputies Galls and Malone entered the hospital to assist, they found Hill, who had Wallace on the floor. He had used his Taser to subdue Wallace and keep him from escaping.

Wallace was charged with resisting arrest with violence, resisting arrest without violence, battery, escape, possession of marijuana, driving with his license suspended and with violation of probation. He was booked into jail.

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