I’m certainly no police officer and haven’t broken the law enough as a civilian to know proper protocol, but I can say that former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Dave Herman (pictured) probably didn’t need to be tased by The Dekalb County Sheriff Department on Tuesday.
Herman was driving on the freeway with his wife, Madeleine, and infant child when they experienced “car troubles.” They put their emergency blinkers on to notify their fellow drivers that their car was not in tip-top shape.
Police officers then fired up their lights and requested that Herman pull over. Because it was dark, Herman continued to drive until he found a well lit area that had cameras just in case something went awry.
What happened from there is up for interpretation. Thankfully, Madeleine captured the incident on her cellphone and posted it on the Internet for the world to see.
Herman was charged with felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, felony battery against law enforcement, felony neglect of a dependent, and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
Here is the official police report posted on The Dekalb County Sheriff Department’s Facebook Page:
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit
Date: 01/20/2015 at 1:13 am
Location: I-69 SB at the 340 mm
Suspect: David J. Herman
Fort Wayne IN
On January 20th, 2015 at approximately 1:13 am a vehicle was observed traveling southbound on I-69 near the 340 mile marker in Ashley IN with no headlights or taillights traveling at a high rate of speed. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver, David Herman, refused to stop and led Officers in a 2 ½ -3 mile pursuit. David Herman exited the 334 mile marker exit and drove west on US Highway 6 before stopping at a gas station. David exited his vehicle and approached Officers in an aggressive manner.
David was given multiple warnings to get on the ground and failed to comply. David had to be tased in order to be taken into custody. An infant and adult female were also present in the vehicle. No one sustained any injuries in the incident. David is being charged with Resisting law enforcement with a vehicle a level 6 felony, Battery against law enforcement a level 6 felony, Neglect of a dependent a level 6 felony, and Resisting law enforcement a Class A misdemeanor. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshals Department.
Deputy Jarrid Treesh
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department
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