ALBANY, Ga. -- A simple traffic stop led to a confrontation and escape despite two Taser shots for a 37-year-old man, according to Dougherty County Police Department reports.
According to the reports, Officer Thomas Couch stopped 32-year-old driver Shameika Harris on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Alphonzo Winchester was her passenger.
County Police Capt. Thomas Jackson said the traffic stop went like this: As Couch spoke to Harris about a broken light, he smelled alcohol and saw an open container. Winchester said the alcohol belonged to him.
As Couch started to give Harris a field sobriety test, Winchester took off and jumped a fence. Couch Tasered Winchester twice, but stunned or not, he took off running after each shot.
"You have to realize it doesn't knock you out for like 30 minutes," Jackson said. "It stuns you but doesn't knock you out."
Jackson said Winchester may have run because he had an undisclosed warrant out for his arrest. Now he has two more, Jackson said. Winchester is wanted for obstruction and an open container violation.
"The sobriety test did not show that she (Harris) was impaired," Jackson said. "She was given a verbal warning."
Police would like anyone who knows the whereabouts of Winchester or has additional information to call investigations at (229) 430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish-speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.