Two Taser strikes finally stop man accused in DUI

May 25, 2014 

MANATEE — A 42-year-old man was reportedly Tasered twice before Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him early Sunday on a DUI charge.

Larry Ryans was reportedly stopped in his vehicle at Bayshore Gardens Parkway and 14th Street West at 2:20 a.m. Sunday so deputies could conduct a driving-under-the-influence exam.

Deputies started to arrest Ryans for DUI but he reportedly began to twist and pull away as handcuffs were being on him. Ryans broke free and began to run north through the parking lot of Target. One deputy reportedly deployed his Taser and Ryans fell but got back up and began to run again. The second deputy deployed his Taser and Ryans fell again and was taken into custody.

Ryans was treated for several abrasions on his hands and arms. Two of four Taser probes remained stuck in Ryans lower left calf and his right lower back, according to the report.

Deputies reported Ryans was carrying a small push dagger in a sheath concealed under his shirt hanging from a string around his neck.

Ryans, who was charged with DUI, resisting arrest without violence and carrying a concealed weapon, remained in the Manatee County jail Sunday night subject to a $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.

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