A man tased by Portland police officers after leading them on a wild chase is recovering in the hospital after falling unconscious during his arrest.
Officers stopped the 22-year-old man on his bicycle Friday at 3:41 a.m. at North Ida Avenue and Central Street, when they noticed him acting suspiciously and riding without a light. The man told the officers that he had something for them and lifted up his shirt, exposing the handle of a large knife in his waistband.
The officers grabbed the man's arms and took the knife. The man started to struggle with the officers, breaking free and hopping a fence. When the officers caught up to him, they were unable to control the man, so they tased him.
After one taser deployment, the officers noticed that the man's breathing was shallow. He eventually became non-responsive, so the officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived.
Doctors determined the man was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. Officers also found a second knife in his pants pocket, as well as methamphetamine and cocaine.
The man had a warrant for his arrest for a Felony Parole Violation for robbery. He will be taken to the Multnomah County Jail when he fully recovers in the hospital.
An internal review of the officers' use of force will be conducted.
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