CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A Chattanooga man tried to pepper spray a police officer during an arrest early on New Year’s Day. As a result, he suffered the unintended consequences after police deployed the Taser on him.
Police say Justin Conner, 32, was spotted when police responded to a vehicle burglary in progress after midnight. Conner and a second suspect were seen breaking into a silver Jeep Wrangler, according to police.
Police confronted Conner in the commission of the crime. Hence, they ordered him to drop the backpack and jacket he was carrying at the time, and to place his hands on the hood of the CPD patrol car, reported WRCB.
Conner didn’t comply, according to the arrest affidavit, and reached around in an attempt to spray the officer with pepper spray.
Conner then tried to run but was hit by the officer’s Taser, which stopped his effort to flee.
As Conner fell, he struck his face requiring a trip to a local hospital for examination and treatment.
Police later discovered the backpack Conner was carrying belonged to the Jeep’s owner and was returned.
They also found the Jeep’s ignition had been tampered with, with the column broken and wires exposed.
Police say they also found a vaping device with THC oil inside.
Conner was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and may face additional charges.