Taser used in Blenheim incident

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 07:51 14/01/2014

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A police officer called to a fight at a house in Blenheim on Saturday was forced to Taser a man who became aggressive.

The officer was on his own and felt his safety was threatened, police said.

He was called to a house in Witherlea about 6pm.

Sergeant Mark Lucas, of Blenheim, said three men had been drinking at the house when a fight broke out between two of them.

The other man called police.

The two men fighting were extremely drunk, Mr Lucas said.

A police spokeswoman said the police officer tasered one of the men when he became aggressive towards him and his safety was threatened.

It was the fourth time Marlborough police had used a Taser since the start of 2011.

In most incidents, the offender became compliant when a Taser was presented and the officer rarely needed to discharge it.

The two men fighting were arrested and held in police custody until they were sober.

A 26-year-old Blenheim man was charged with injuring with intent and appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

The other man, 51, was charged with common assault and is to appear in court on February 3.

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- The Marlborough Express

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