Suspected panhandler Tasered after police chase


Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:49 a.m.

Police in High Springs said they had to jolt a Trenton man with a Taser four times before they could handcuff him.

According to the High Springs Police Department, the man tried to run over a police officer after being questioned about alleged door-to-door panhandling.

Troy Vernon Roberts, 44, was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude police and knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked license.

In an arrest report, Officer Michael Coulon wrote that officers were sent to Northwest First Avenue after getting complaints about a man going door-to-door asking for gas money around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Officers said they found Roberts in a vehicle, but he initially gave them someone else’s name and refused to get out of the vehicle when ordered to do so. Instead, Coulon said, Roberts put the vehicle in gear and aimed it toward an officer. The officer was able to jump out of the way and joined other officers chasing Roberts.

The vehicle chase ended on Northwest 11st Street, police said, after Roberts stopped the vehicle and jumped out, initiating a 20-minute-long foot chase in a wooded area.

Once police caught up with Roberts, Coulon said they had to activate a Taser four times to get him to comply with their orders.

Roberts was booked into the Alachua County jail. He was also wanted on a warrant charging him with violating his probation in a previous case by failing to appear as directed.

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