Report: Police used stun gun on drunken driver after I-77 crash in Rock Hill

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 31, 2014 

Nicholas Anthony Montgomery

— The “grossly intoxicated” man accused in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 77 last week fought police when they tried to take him to the hospital and was eventually hit with a stun gun so he could be arrested, authorities said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the victim in the crash that shut down Exit 82 for nearly an hour suffered from a separated shoulder, severely bruised ribs and several cuts after his sports utility vehicle careened off the side of the highway and rolled over, police say.

Nicholas Anthony Montgomery, 25, has been charged with felony driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with injury. Police say Montgomery crashed his Hyundai sedan into a Mooresville, N.C., man’s SUV, which went off the side of the road and rolled over on I-77 southbound at the exit 82 off ramp last Thursday afternoon, according to a Rock Hill police report released Monday.

Police found the Hyundai parked on Burnage Way, near Dave Lyle Boulevard and the Manchester Meadows recreational complex, but realized Montgomery fled on foot. Authorities found him sitting in the passenger’s seat of a truck parked at Carolina Crossing apartments on Dutchman Drive, the report states. His girlfriend was with him. Police reported that Montgomery was “grossly intoxicated” and became combative when paramedics tried taking him to Piedmont Medical Center.

Officers tried handcuffing Montgomery, but he pulled his arms away. Police used restraints, knee strikes and even shot a Taser prong into his back, but Montgomery continued to resist. An officer applied the Taser to the same area on Montgomery’s back again, allowing officers to handcuff and arrest him. The SUV’s driver could not move his left shoulder, the report states, and had to wear a sling.

Court records show Montgomery has only one prior speeding ticket on his criminal history.

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