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Police use taser on York man accused of driving under the influence, resisting arrest

By Jie Jenny Zou
jzou@heraldonline.com

YORK Police used a taser on a York resident twice before arresting him on alcohol-related driving charges Saturday.

According to York Police, Sam Willie Wheeler Jr., 32, was driving erratically Saturday morning, running a red light, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failing to stop for police.

Wheeler, who was driving a silver SUV, finally pulled over after a police car followed him down several streets. Wheeler refused to get out of his car and began shouting at officers, according to a police report.

The report states that Wheeler was held temporarily at gunpoint as officers tried to get him to calm down, remove his seat belt and step out of the car.

Wheeler was hit by a taser twice by police – once in his left arm as police tried to pull him away from his steering wheel, and again after Wheeler fell out of his car and continued to resist arrest.

According to the report, the officer intended to use the taser on Wheeler’s chest but missed after Wheeler struggled with an officer holding one of his arms.

Officers eventually placed Wheeler in a police car. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and resisting arrest. Wheeler has been previously convicted of driving under the influence.

Wheeler complained of injury to his right knee during the struggle and received two prong marks on his arm from the taser, but emergency medical workers said he did not require treatment, according to the report.

He was transported to Moss Justice Center.

Jie Jenny Zou •  803-329-4062
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