Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Clearwater police tase Hudson man at beach resort

CLEARWATER — A police officer had to use his Taser three times, combined with pepper spray, to subdue a Hudson man who refused to leave a Clearwater Beach resort on Saturday night, officials said.

Jason Pallante, 40, refused to leave Shepard's Beach Resort "due to his extreme level of intoxication," according to an arrest report filed by Clearwater police officer Paul Comini.

Comini asked Pallante to leave the resort "at least" five times, but Pallante would only shake the officer's hand in response, the report states. Eventually Comini tried to handcuff Pallante, but could only get one of his hands into the cuffs.

When Pallante continued to resist, Comini used a Taser stun gun, but Pallante's "relentless thrashing rendered it useless," according to the arrest report.

After being pepper sprayed and hit with two more "drive stuns" — in which the Taser is placed directly against a person's body rather than shot from a distance — Pallante offered up his other hand to be cuffed.

Pallante was charged with felony battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, disorderly intoxication, and trespassing. He was being held at the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,350 bail.

Pallante was convicted of felony battery in Pinellas County in 2002, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

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