Officers use Taser to subdue suspect

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— Police used a Taser gun on a 22-year-old man who officers said escaped their custody by jumping out of an ambulance and fleeing on foot in Oak Creek on Thursday night.

Wayne Michael Bush, 22, was charged with third-degree assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

Bush is accused of assaulting his mother and breaking several windows during an argument in her house in the 300 block of East Second Street in Oak Creek.

Oak Creek police Chief Linda Koile said she received a call at about 9:20 p.m. from Sherry Nelson saying Bush had attacked her while the two were arguing about a missing company vehicle. Koile said Nelson assumed Bush had taken it and that she did not know where the truck was.

Nelson was not injured but was "shaken up," Koile said.

Koile said she found Bush walking near Nancy Crawford Boulevard and Bell Street dripping blood from multiple cuts on his hands. She said she told Bush he needed to go to the hospital for stitches, but he refused.

Koile called a deputy from the Routt County Sheriff's Office to assist her.

Koile said she later was able to get Bush into an ambulance so he could be taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, but he jumped out before it began moving and started running.

Deputy Ryan Adrian chased Bush on foot and shot him in the lower back with the Taser, which delivers an incapacitating but nonlethal electrical shock, when Bush ignored his orders to stop, Koile said.

"Deputy Adrian used complete discretion in using the Taser -- he had to use it," she said. "It was not malicious. It wasn't out of sorts. It was procedure because (Bush) would not comply; he would not stop trying to run," she said.

Bush was taken to the hospital, where he received multiple stitches for his wounds. He later was taken to Routt County Jail.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht set Bush's bond at $5,000 during his advisement Friday morning. Bush has not yet posted bond and is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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