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Suspected DUI leads to chase, use of Taser

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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 10:47 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Mon Jul 2, 2012.

Police applied a stun gun on 40-year-old Rathdrum man on Sunday night after an alleged hit-and-run accident, vehicle pursuit and the DUI suspect appeared to be reaching into a pocket in which a knife was found.

Michael R. O'Kelly was booked into the Kootenai County on charges of resisting an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, eluding, DUI, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, open container in vehicle, no insurance and failing to maintain traffic lane.

An officer sustained a minor injury to a finger and O'Kelly was not injured during an altercation that resulted from O'Kelly allegedly disregarding the officer's instructions even after the stun gun was applied, according to police reports.

According to Rathdrum Police, officers responded to CJ's bar on Highway 53 at 10:40 p.m. for the report of a hit-and-run accident.

The male and female victims reported seeing a vehicle hit their parked Dodge Ram Power Wagon as they were approaching the Ram and obtained license plate information on the suspect's vehicle. The collision caused an estimated $1,000 worth of rear-end damage, according to report.

When officers responded to O'Kelly's home, he fled in a vehicle on westbound Pine Street despite an officer verbally telling him to stop.

The pursuit lasted a few blocks and ended on Stevens just north of Pine when O'Kelly lost control of his vehicle and drove into a yard.

"O'Kelly failed to follow the officer's commands (to get onto the ground) over several seconds, and when he allegedly put his hand into his front pants pocket, the officer deployed his Taser to control O'Kelly," a press release states. "Despite the Taser application, O'Kelly continued to disregard the officer's instructions and was eventually wrestled to the ground and handcuffed."

Rathdrum Police Chief Kevin Fuhr said a butterfly knife with a 5-inch blade was found in the pocket that O'Kelly had tried to reach into.

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  • the floorist posted at 1:07 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    "...The taser keep all parties safer, and is quick...." I Carry

    So...what are your hourly rates? You know...when you're not busy being a Chinese translator...

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 10:10 am on Wed, Jul 4, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    Wow, I knew that guy 9 yrs ago, he had 9 DUI's then. I figured he was long gone by now, but I guess that is why I call it the criminal Injustice system. He will plea bargain this one away too.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 8:58 pm on Tue, Jul 3, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2272

    OR, as our law enforcement friends in California refer to it...Edison medicine!

  • I Carry posted at 7:22 am on Tue, Jul 3, 2012.

    I Carry Posts: 407

    I love to watch big bad people get the taser. It (the taser) is probably one of the most effective tools law enforcement has. The taser keep all parties safer, and is quick.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 8:34 pm on Mon, Jul 2, 2012.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2272

    WHAT, no condemnation of the cops by chouli and floorist.

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