EPD turns to Tasers to take teen into custody

5:32 pm | December 5, 2013

It took several rounds of Taser shocks and a dash of pepper spray for Elizabethton Police Department officers to subdue a teenager suspected of trying to break into two vehicles and a residence.

Justin Richard Helms

Justin Richard Helms

On Thursday morning, EPD Patrol Officer Sarah Ellison arrested Justin Richard Helms, 18, 2844 Bob Little Road, Elizabethton, after she found him hiding in the area where the attempted break-ins had been reported.

Before the arrest, however, Ellison and two other officers deployed their Tasers to incapacitate Helms and prevent him from trying to escape.

Ellison had responded to a call of an attempted auto burglary in the area of 311 s. Roan St. After arriving on the scene, the caller told her the man fled down nearby West I Street. Moments later, a call came in from I Street saying someone was trying to break into a house and car.

Ellison said she discovered Helms hiding underneath a vehicle. He did not respond to her verbal commands, and only came out after she used pepper spray to convince him. As he stood, Ellison said that Helms appeared “extremely intoxicated,” and was holding a metal pipe in his hand.

For more details on this story, look for it in tomorrow’s edition of the Star.

 

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