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'Sovereign citizen' tased, arrested for leading police on chase, refusing to get out vehicle during traffic stop

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 10:41:28-04

ASHLAND, Ohio — A 47-year-old man who claimed he was a sovereign citizen was arrested Tuesday for fleeing from a traffic stop that led to a police chase.

The man's name has not been released.

The incident started around 12:27 a.m. Tuesday when an Ashland County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted a gray Kia going 83 mph in a 60-mph zone. The car stopped at a gas station on Township Road 1904.

The man told deputies that he had legal “paperwork” stating everything police were doing was “wrong.” The deputy spoke to the man for around 10 minutes, but then the Kia sped off down U.S. Route 30 into Wayne County, according to authorities.

State troopers, Wooster police officers and Wayne County deputies joined the chase. Authorities said they used stop-strips and the Kia halted near U.S. Route 30 and State Route 3.

The man refused to get out of his vehicle and authorities said that they had to bust out a window to open the Kia's door. When the man finally got out of the vehicle, he threw some papers at police and was tased.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, and then taken to the Ashland County Jail.

A woman who was in the car with the man was also arrested for a warrant she had out of Wayne County, according to police.

Authorities haven’t said what charges the man is facing.

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