Suspect flees deputies on scooter, pickup truck before being hit by stun gun and arrested

A deputy also fired their service weapon at some point during the incident.

A 37-year-old Litchfield man fled deputies on a scooter then a pickup truck, before ultimately being stunned by a stun gun while in the driver's seat of a third vehicle, leading to his arrest.

The incident began around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, when the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man entering an unoccupied residence on the 27600 block of Highway 24 in Darwin Township, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

He left the scene before deputies could get there, but authorities located him about a mile north on Highway 24. He gave deputies a different name, according to the sheriff's office, and while they were talking, he jumped on a scooter and sped away. 

Law enforcement followed the man to his home, where he stopped and ran inside.

As deputies discussed a possible search warrant, the man exited the property, got into a pickup truck and once again sped off. Deputies gave chase, trying to initiate a traffic stop, but the man refused, according to the sheriff's office. The man eventually stopped at a rural property in Darwin Township.

There, he exited the pickup and got in a third vehicle.

While still in the driver's seat and before he could drive away, a deputy used a stun gun on him, the sheriff's office said. He continued to "resist arrest" and was taken into custody by force, authorities added.

The sheriff's office noted a deputy fired their service weapon during the incident, though it did not specify when during the pursuit it happened, or why. Nobody was struck. 

The suspect was booked into the Meeker County Jail, and has numerous court appearance scheduled Tuesday, all of them violation or review hearings tied to previously existing criminal cases.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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