June 9, 2011 in Idaho

Man having diabetic episode Tased by police

Low blood sugar caused him to be incoherent, police said
By The Spokesman-Review
 

A driver was Tased today for resisting before police realized he was actually having a diabetic episode.

The incident started about 4:45 p.m. when dispatchers got a report of a man driving erratically on Seltice Way in Post Falls, “slow, fast and all over the lane,” said Post Falls police Sgt. Kathy Eshoo.

Before an officer caught up to him, the man drove over a porch and clipped the corner of a house, before stopping in the yard, she said.

The man was not complying with police orders and was Tased, Eshoo said, but he then began fighting with the officers. They eventually got him on the ground and in handcuffs, but then realized he was having a medical episode.

“Within a couple minutes, it became evident he was not coherent as to what was going on,” she said. “It appears he had extreme low blood sugar.”

No one was injured in the incident, though the house did receive superficial damage. The man was treated at the scene and was not arrested.

“He apologized to us for his actions,” Eshoo said. “He had no idea what he had done.”


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