A 28-year-old Pottstown man was subdued with stun gun and taken into custody in Birdsboro on Sept. 13 after resisting arrest on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.
Dusten J. Rhoads, of the 800 block of South Street, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.
He was arraigned Sept. 14 in front of Berks County District Judge Michael G. Hartman and placed in Berks County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
According to Birdsboro police:
Officers were called to 700 E. First St. about 11 a.m. for a report of a suspicious male in a car behind the apartment building. The caller said the man was in a car parked in the 100 block of Currant Street, and that he had taken off his shirt and was in his car cutting up another shirt.
The caller told police she asked the man if he needed help. He said he was waiting for a friend he was supposed to pick up. The caller said the man’s behavior was “strange.”
Police arrived and approached the man, who identified himself as Dusten Rhoads and said the car was a rental. When one of the officers ran his information through the National Crime Information Center database, he saw that there was an outstanding bench warrant for him on a parole violation in Chester County.
The report on Rhoads stated that he has “violent tendencies.”
After confirming that the warrant was valid, the officer approached Rhoads’ vehicle and told him he was being arrested on the warrant. He asked Rhoads to get out of the car.
Instead, Rhoads turned the car on and locked its doors. The officer was able to reach into the car through the partially opened driver’s side window and turn the car off.
Another officer reached through the passenger side window and was able to unlock and open the passenger side door.
Rhoads then turned the car back on and pressed his foot on the accelerator, revving the engine.
The officer on the driver’s side of the car was able to reach inside through the window a second time and turn the car off.
Rhoads at one point tried to climb to the passenger side of the car, but ended up retreating back to the driver’s side. Police were eventually able to pull Rhoads out of the car, and one of the officers fired a Taser at him.
After being hit with the Taser, Rhoads immediately laid on the ground and officers handcuffed him.
One of the officers suffered a scrape on his elbow and fractured a toe on his left foot during the arrest.
Another officer suffered minor abrasions.
In all, three officers were involved in the arrest. The third was not injured.