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Police fight with man for Taser

GARYVILLE — A traffic stop resulted in two foot chases and a fight for a Taser during patrol work in Garyville last week, authorities said.

David Fluence

David Fluence

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Operation deputies conducted a traffic stop at 8:19 p.m. Sept. 28 on a pickup truck because the license plate was not illuminated.

Sheriff Mike Tregre termed the stop “proactive policing patrol,” which took place in a store parking lot in the 2900 block of River Road in Garyville.

“The passenger of the truck exited the truck and walked away, ignoring deputies’ orders to remain in the truck,” Tregre said. “Deputies saw him clutching a small object in his hand that is consistent in appearance as a clear plastic bag containing narcotics.”

When deputies attempted to detain the subject, Tregre said the man attempted to flee on foot.

“After brief foot pursuit, ignoring deputies’ orders, and a physical altercation with deputies, the perpetrator attempted to grab a Taser from one of the deputies,” Tregre said. “After a second pursuit, deputies detained him and recovered marijuana from the scene.”

David Fluence, 24, of Paulina was arrested and booked with six counts of flight from an officer, attempted disarming of an officer, five counts of resisting an officer with force or violence, possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice and two outstanding contempt of court attachments.

He posted a $21,300 bond and was released from custody Sunday.