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Hernando sheriff's sergeant uses Taser to subdue driver who fled

WEEKI WACHEE — A Hernando County sheriff's sergeant used a Taser to subdue a man after he refused to comply with orders to show his hands during a traffic stop, an arrest report shows.

Sgt. Scott Lamia clocked a Toyota Prius traveling south at 86 mph in a 60 mph zone on U.S. 19 about 5:30 p.m. Monday, the report states. When Lamia turned on his lights and siren, the Prius turned onto Long Lake Avenue, north of Weeki Wachee, then onto Clarita Street, where the car stopped and the driver, 39- year-old Clifford John Zimmerman, got out of the car "challenging Sgt. Lamia to shoot and/or kill him," the report states.

Lamia deployed his Taser, stunning Zimmerman in the back, after he ignored Lamia's orders to show his hands and drop to the ground, the report states.

Zimmerman, of Spring Hill, told Lamia he fled because he was wanted on a warrant for violating probation. He was medically cleared at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, then booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of fleeing from a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

Records show Zimmerman was on probation for causing property damage while driving under the influence. He was being held Tuesday without bail.

Hernando sheriff's sergeant uses Taser to subdue driver who fled 02/25/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:25pm]
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