Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bar patron zapped by stun gun

Express Staff Writer

A Ketchum bar patron found himself on the wrong end of an electrical stun weapon during an altercation late Friday night at the city's newest bar, Dirty Little Roddy's.

Ketchum police reported that they zapped 23-year-old Daniel Steinbeck not once, but twice in attempts to subdue him. Before that he was shot in the face with pepper spray.

Policed spokeswoman Kim Rogers said that Steinbeck, who lives in Yorba Linda, Calif., faces three misdemeanor charges: assault, battery and obstructing a police officer.

Rogers said officers were called to the bar at about 12:30 a.m. when they received a report of a customer who was "arguing and fighting with waitresses and got physical with the bouncers." Rogers said that before police arrived Steinbeck had been escorted from the bar, but tried to get back in and got into a scuffle with the bouncers, one of whom shot pepper spray in his face.

She said Steinbeck was still unruly when police arrived so officers used their TASER stun weapons on him. Once apparently wasn't enough, so police zapped Steinbeck a second time, Rogers said.

She explained that officers used what is called a "drive stun," meaning that the barbed projectiles were removed from the TASER and the weapon was applied directly to the suspect's body. Rogers said the electrical jolt from a TASER temporarily numbs a victim's muscles to render them immobile.

"We were trained with TASERs in 2004, but this is the first time we've had to use them," Rogers said.

Steinbeck was transported to the Blaine County Jail. He is currently free on $900 bond.

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