Chase leads to man being tased

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Law enforcement officers from the area speak to a man shortly after he was arrested in the parking lot area of the McDonald’s restaurant in Marshalltown Saturday morning. The man led authorities on a chase from Tama County to the restaurant after it was reported he was possibly armed. Authorities said they had to use a taser gun on the man after he failed to comply with verbal commands from officers at the scene.

Local and area law enforcement used stop sticks and subsequently tased a man following a pursuit from Tama County to a fast-food restaurant parking area in Marshalltown over the weekend.

Sgt. Ben Veren with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Republican that shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, deputies were asked to respond to a request from the Meskwaki Police Department and the Tama County Sheriff’s Office about a man who was possibly armed and driving west along Highway 30.

Attempts by law enforcement to get the man to yield proved unsuccessful, so Marshalltown Police Department officers deployed stop sticks along the roadway, Veren said, causing two tires to deflate on the man’s vehicle.

He subsequently exited the highway and drove onto Center Street and into the McDonald’s parking lot area in Marshalltown, where he was stopped.

Veren said the man was not compliant with verbal commands from law enforcement and started to walk away.

A Marshall County sheriff’s deputy subsequently used his taser gun and the man was subdued.

The suspect, who is reportedly from Grimes, was not seriously injured, but authorities did take him to a local medical facility for an evaluation, Veren said.

The man was not armed, the sergeant said, and no weapons were found in his vehicle.