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    Taser sets motorcycle thief on fire

    This dumbass is lucky to be alive. LE sure were surprised when he caught on fire though.

    http://www.modbee.com/1618/story/552448.html

    Cop fires Taser, man's jacket ignites
    Suspected motorcycle thief spilled gas, police discover

    By Rosalio Ahumada
    rahumada@modbee.com
    last updated: January 04, 2009 03:19:41 AM

    The jacket of a Ripon man burst into flames when an officer fired a Taser at him Saturday morning after the man, who was driving a stolen motorcycle, led officers in a two-mile pursuit in Modesto, police said.

    Modesto police Sgt. Craig Plante said Rocky Snell, 31, was not injured. He said Snell did not complain of pain when he was examined by officers, and a nurse at the Stanislaus County Jail confirmed Snell was not injured.

    Plante said the flames partially singed the left front of Snell's hair and his left eyebrow. He said Snell was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and evading a peace officer.

    The three officers, who jumped on Snell and put out the fire, also were not injured, Plante said. After Snell was in custody, the officers learned the fire started when gasoline from the motorcycle had spilled on Snell before the Taser was used to deliver an electric jolt to subdue him.

    The fiery incident started at 6:10 a.m. when an officer spotted Snell driving a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle near Tully Road and West Orangeburg Avenue in central Modesto, police said.

    Plante said the motorcycle's headlight was not on, so the officer attempted a traffic stop. Snell refused to stop and the chase started, police said. Plante said he did not know the speeds reached during the chase.

    The chase ended shortly after it started near the railroad crossing just east of College Avenue and West Rumble Road near Davis Community Park.

    Plante said the motorcycle hit the side of a police car, but officers still were investigating the crash.
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    The motorcycle bounces off the car, then the motor- cycle just fell on its side," Plante said.

    Snell ran from the officers, Plante said. The officers didn't know that the motorcycle's gas cap was off when the bike crashed.

    Gasoline spilled out of the gas tank and onto Snell's jacket, Plante said.

    "It was a gas cap that had a lock," Plante said. "He might have pried it off to keep putting gas into the motorcycle, but I'm just guessing on that."

    The officers got out of their cars and chased Snell, who kept running when the officers ordered him to stop, police said. Modesto police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen said officer Cameron Cromwell pulled out a Taser and fired it at Snell.

    Darts hit puffy jacket

    A Taser resembles a handgun and shoots darts that deliver 50,000 volts of electricity.

    Plante said the Taser darts hit Snell's puffy, black Raiders jacket. He said flames immediately ignited on the jacket and spread toward Snell's head.

    It appears that the Taser's electrical current ignited the gasoline on Snell's jacket, Plante said.

    For a second, the officers watched in shock as the fire erupted, Plante said. A suspect is not supposed to catch fire when using a Taser, he said.

    Officers Cromwell, Larry Meyer and Bradley Beavers quickly got over their surprise and leapt to put out the flames.

    "They pushed the man to the ground and ripped off his jacket," Plante said. "They stomped on the jacket and put out the fire. They were now in lifesaving mode."

    He said the officers quickly went back to apprehension mode after the fire was out and handcuffed Snell, who was taken into custody without further incident.

    Snell was expected to be booked at the Stanislaus County Jail, police said.

    His family could not be reached for comment Saturday evening.


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    Hahahaha Burn baby burn!!!!! They should have stomped out the fire with him still in the jacket.
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    I was thinking that myself, what a way to have a bar be que.


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    That was some quick thinking on the officers' part - The jacket could have melted on his skin. Ouch.

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    The liberal are going to have a field day with this one!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    A suspect is not supposed to catch fire when using a Taser, he said.
    Imagine if they were.

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    Serves him well for riding a "hot" motorcycle.
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    Now if only we could do this to those who choose to steal cars, maybe the auto theft rate would go down and someone else can be #1 in the nation for a change.


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    That reminds me of one long ago -

    Guy was at a gas station fueling up, spilled some. Well the dumbass tried to light a cigarette with gas on the arm of his jacket. You can imagine what happened. The guy was jumping around, waving his burning arm all over the place and screaming like a banshee. Well an officer was in the store and saw what happened, ran outside, beat the fire out and promptly put the guy in jail.

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    That was the second worst joke I've ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyy View Post
    That was the second worst joke I've ever heard.
    Dang! I only missed it by one??
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    The first wasn't a joke at all. I just laughed because I have mental issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    That reminds me of one long ago -

    Guy was at a gas station fueling up, spilled some. Well the dumbass tried to light a cigarette with gas on the arm of his jacket. You can imagine what happened. The guy was jumping around, waving his burning arm all over the place and screaming like a banshee. Well an officer was in the store and saw what happened, ran outside, beat the fire out and promptly put the guy in jail.

    What was the charge??


















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