‘Tazed And Confused' -- Police Zap Drunk Driver

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A drunk driver was hit with 50,000 volts of electricity from a Taser after he began fighting with Payson police officers Friday afternoon.

According to Payson Police Lt. Don Engler, Carl "Beau" William Bobier, 42, was driving on Country Club Road when Payson Police Traffic Enforcement Officer Allen Dyer pulled him over for speeding.

"Through his investigation, (Dyer) determined that Mr. Bobier had been consuming alcohol," Engler said. "Officer Dyer began some field sobriety tests and determined that he was under the influence of alcohol."

When Dyer tried to put handcuffs on Bobier, a struggle ensued, Engler said.

According to Payson Police Officer Mike Varga, Bobier began fighting Dyer and pulled him to the ground.

"At that point, Officer Varga used the department-issued Taser and deployed it to gain his compliance," Engler said.

"I saw that I had a perfect shot at his back," Varga said.

According to Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero, officers deploy the Taser by pulling the trigger which ejects two probes attached to wires. The probes that resemble fish hooks, lodge on the suspect. The Taser then emits 50,000 volts of electricity for approximately five seconds, incapacitating the suspect, but not causing any permanent injury.

"It's a tool that really helps keep officers safe," Engler said.

Varga said the suspect became cooperative following the jolt of electricity.

Engler said Bobier was charged with DUI and resisting arrest and booked into the Gila County Jail.

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