ROCK HILL — A bystander walking his dog grabbed a discarded Taser and threatened to stun a man who grappled with police at a Rock Hill apartment Saturday night.
Around 11:40 p.m., police performed a traffic stop on 40-year-old Frederick Stowers, who a police report says made a turn in his black GMC after disregarding a traffic signal. When police stopped Stowers, he ran.
An officer took Stowers to the ground, leading to a scuffle during which the officer removed his Taser and stunned Stowers, the police report states. Stowers continued to resist and, during the struggle, the officer lost his grip of the Taser.
A 20-year-old man walking his dog picked up the Taser and told Stowers to stop or he’d stun him, the report states. The officer punched Stowers several times before another officer stunned him and then cuffed him, according to the report.
Stowers was taken to Piedmont Medical Center after claiming that his leg was broken. Though intoxicated, he refused to take a blood test and then refused medical treatment. Police found several open Bud Light cans in his car and realized that his driver’s license was suspended.
Stowers is charged with resisting arrest, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under the influence, disregarding a traffic signal, damage to city property, open container and his fourth driving under suspension offense, the report states. He was released from jail on a $21,850 bond.