Police deploy Taser to apprehend fleeing suspect

Benjamin T Macias Jr., (courtesy of the Casper Police Dept)

Casper police officers say that they had to deploy a Taser to arrest a suspect, who allegedly attempted to flee officers after they contacted him.

According to an affidavit in the case, Benjamin T. Macias Jr. was arrested on recommended charges of Interference, Driving Under Suspension, Improper Registration, and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance on Feb. 7th.

Police say that just before 6:00 pm Thursday, they observed a black 1997 Cadillac, with large rims, traveling on East 5th Street. Police say that they had previously received information that a wanted individual had been driving a similar vehicle.

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Officers report,  in the affidavit, that as they maneuvered their patrol vehicle around, the Cadillac accelerated at “high rate of speed, westbound on E 5th St.”

Officers say that the vehicle began to lose control and the rear end was sliding around the roadway, before turning onto South Jefferson Street.

Police say that they followed the Cadillac and saw it parked and running on the 400 block of South Jefferson. It is reported that officers observed a male exit the vehicle from the driver’s side and begin walking toward the sidewalk. Police identified the man as Macias.

Macias was not the individual being sought in relation to the vehicle, but officers report that Macias was known to have an active warrant for Failure to Appear and a suspended driver’s license.

Police say that as Macias was walking, police informed him of his active warrant, and was commanded to stop walking away. Macias then reportedly began running from officers onto East 5th Street.

Officers pursued Macias on foot, and say that the suspect fell in the area of East 5th and South McKinley Streets, where officers caught up with him. The affidavit says that Macias physically resisted officers, and ultimately pulled away and began running again.

An officer was reported to have drawn his Taser and ordered Macias to the ground with his hands behind his back. The affidavit quotes Macias as saying “okay, okay, you can arrest me, just don’t say I ran,” and placed his hands behind his back.

The affidavit goes on to say that as officers attempted to place the suspect in handcuffs, he again became physically combative and refused to place his hands behind his back.

Macias then is then said to have began approaching the running Cadillac, and reached out for the door handle, despite officer’s orders not to.

Police say that they deployed a Taser, striking Macias in the upper left portion of his back, causing Macias to fall to the ground. He was then taken into custody by officers.

During investigation of the scene, police say that it was found that the registration plate on the vehicle, did not match the vehicle. Further a law enforcement K9 unit was deployed, who indicated the presence of controlled substance in the vehicle.

According to the affidavit, a search of the vehicle is reported to have yielded a plastic zipper baggie with a “Tony the Tiger” logo. Inside the bag, officers say they found approximately 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Macias was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.