Tahlequah Daily Press

February 6, 2014

Local man taken down by taser after assault on officer

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies say a local man was tased several times Tuesday after he jumped out of a patrol vehicle and later head-butted an officer.

Deputy Bob Lewandowski said he and other deputies were sent to an apartment when the mother of Christian James Haney asked for help. Haney, 19, had allegedly been huffing canned air, which contains chemicals and is used to clean computer keyboards and peripherals.

Haney barricaded himself into a bedroom and refused to leave the residence, according to Lewandowski. Haney was still huffing the air can when deputies arrived, and deputies had to force their way into his room and forcefully handcuff him.

Lewandowski said Haney was put into his patrol truck, and the deputy began driving to the Cherokee County Detention Center. Haney allegedly unfastened his seat belt, opened the door and jumped out of the truck. Lewandowski and Deputy Charles Dreadfulwater chased Haney, who ran back to his mother’s apartment.

Deputies said Haney kicked open the apartment door and ran back to his bedroom, then blocked the door. Officers again had to force their way in and drag Haney outside. Haney allegedly head-butted Dreadfulwater while resisting arrest, and a Cherokee Nation marshal used a taser on the suspect three times to get him to comply.

Haney was booked into jail for public intoxication, resisting arrest, escape from lawful custody, destruction of private property and assault and battery on a police officer. He was still in jail Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

Haney had bonded out of jail just days before his arrest Tuesday. He was arrested by Tahlequah police in late January for allegedly shoplifting from Walmart and hiding inside Tractor Supply.

Court records show he has been charged with obstructing an officer, two counts of public intoxication, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia since last June.

Formal charges have not been filed on either of his latest arrests.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com