- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police used a stun gun Sunday afternoon to subdue a man who caused traffic to be delayed as he ran onto a busy east-side street.

The man knocked down an approaching police officer, causing the officer to hit his head on a truck bumper, before he was taken into custody, the Alaska Dispatch News (https://bit.ly/1vqUkhH) reported.

Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, police were called to Debarr Road and Debarr Circle in response to drivers reporting a man “running around in traffic,” Anchorage Police Department Sgt. Shaun Henry said.

Police restricted traffic while officers circled the man on a sidewalk. “They were choosing to try and keep talking to him,” Henry said.

The man pushed an officer into the street.

“We went to physically grab him, and he shoved the officer into the road,” Henry said. The officer suffered a bruise on his head.

The man ran across Debarr Road, and police attempted to stop him with stun guns. On the second attempt, the man fell in the parking lot of Alaska Regional Hospital and was handcuffed.

The man’s erratic behavior and apparent lack of response to pain may have been an indication that he had taken drugs, Henry said.

“Who knows what he’s got cranking through his system,” Henry said.

The man’s face had been bloodied by the time he was placed in handcuffs.

Police and medics escorted the man to a hospital. He could face charges of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Henry said.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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