A man was behind bars early Tuesday after an incident in which police say he resisted arrest and fled from officers after being shocked with a Taser and pepper-sprayed late Monday in East Topeka.
The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Monday when police were called to the 600 block of S.E. 27th regarding a man who was violating a restraining order.
Police Sgt. Steven Block said officers spoke with the person reporting the crime, then spoke to the man, who was nearby.
Block said officers tried to arrest him in connection with violating an earlier court order, but the man resisted, “forcing officers to utilize pepper spray and a Taser.”
Block said the pepper spray and Taser weren’t successful in helping officers apprehend the man, who then ran from the scene.
Responding officers were able to take the man into custody about two blocks to the east of where the incident began.
He was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to a Topeka hospital for medical evaluation. The man was released from the hospital a short time later, then was transported to the Shawnee County Jail, where he was being held in connection with violating a court order, two counts of battery against a law enforcement officer and obstruction.
The arrested man’s name wasn’t immediately available.