Crime

Naked man wandering University Place proves tough to take down

It took three officers, two Tasers and four shock cycles from the devices to subdue one man wearing zero clothing early Monday in University Place.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and a Fircrest police officer saw the naked man about 4:50 a.m. on 35th Street West just east of Greenwood Avenue.

According to spokesman Ed Troyer:

The nude man initially complied with the deputies’ and officer’s commands but did not respond to their questions and then began to resist.

The deputies and officer took the man to the ground and tried to handcuff him. The man, who smelled of alcohol, kept trying to get up and refused to give officers his hands to be handcuffed.

One deputy used a Taser on the man, but it did not stop his flailing. The other deputy used his Taser for three cycles, then each of them grabbed one of the man’s arms to finally handcuff him.

The man started sweating profusely and making animal noises before vomiting. The only things he would tell police was his first name and that he lived on 35th Street.

The man was placed on a gurney and taken to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, where he was involuntarily committed.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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