Crime

Man stun-gunned twice after threatening Pierce County sheriff’s deputy, escaping restraints

A man who threatened a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy and his family while being detained was stun-gunned after escaping restraints at a hospital, according to court records.

Sergio Hector Reyes, 26, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony harassment, obstructing a law enforcement officer and driving under the influence. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $15,000.

Charging papers give this account:

A witness told a sheriff’s deputy June 14 that a man had been driving around their South Hill-area neighborhood, drinking beer and yelling. Another person reported hearing a loud crash.

The deputy found Reyes with his crashed pickup near the 15600 block of 76th Avenue East. When he saw the deputy, Reyes tried to leave and pulled away when the deputy tried to detain him.

The deputy noticed alcohol containers on the floor of the pickup. He also noted that speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, in which Reyes’ truck hit a street sign and a telephone pole.

Deputies handcuffed Reyes and further restrained him after he tried to kick out a window of a patrol car. He called the deputy who initially responded a profane racial slur, and threatened to kill the deputy and his family.

Reyes screamed at medics as they took him to the hospital for his injuries, apparently from the wreck.

At the hospital he freed himself from restraints, and after two hospital staff members and the deputy tried to restrain him again, the deputy used a stungun on him.

Reyes again threatened the deputy and his family, and later told him: “It’s on.” The deputy used the stun gun again to get Reyes to cooperate. Reyes kept threatening him.

His trial is set for August.

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