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Man tased three times, sprayed with pepper spray during traffic stop

Posted at 3:25 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 16:25:49-04

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Eric Randall King, Jr., 39, was charged with four counts including intent to deliver and resisting an officer, following a traffic stop that led him to being tased multiple times and pepper sprayed.

King Jr. was the passenger in a car that was stopped in the middle of the road with its lights off on South 89th Street in West Allis. After police noticed the expired temporary plates were registered to a different vehicle, a traffic stop was conducted.

Police say the driver stated she didn't have a driver's license and the car had a strong smell of marijuana. When she was asked to remove the keys and step out of the car, King grabbed the keys and his cell phone, exited the passenger side and began running from police.

A foot chase ensued and a West Allis Police Officer deployed his taser and King fell to the ground. King resisted being handcuffed and began to roll to his side and spin around, according to the criminal complaint.

The police officer then administered another stun as King tried to reach into his front waistband of his pants. At that point, the officer used their pepper spray in an attempt to restrain King. A stun gun was used a third time as King continued to reach for his waistband.

During the struggle with police, a bag of white powdery substance the "size of a baseball" was discovered. The bag contained smaller bags of cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

After the search of the vehicle, a semi-automatic pistol with a round in the chamber was recovered from the console, as well as more heroin and marijuana.

King is charged with two counts possession with intent to deliver, one count bail jumping and one count resisting an officer. If convicted, King could face more than 45 years in prison and could be fined over $150,000.

King is a previously convicted felon and was released from custody and was in bench warrant status at the time of this arrest.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 22.