Teen Driver Hospitalized After TASER Jolt

A 16-year-old is recovering from an undisclosed "medical emergency" that happened after he was stunned by a police officer's TASER during a traffic stop.

The incident happened on August 18. At approximately 6:45 p.m. an officer with the Council Bluffs Police Department pulled over the vehicle in question in the area of N. 31st and Ave K.

The 16-year-old was the driver. He was the only person in the vehicle.

The officer reportedly spoke to the driver then returned to his police motorcycle. Authorities say that as he did that, the driver got out of his car and started to walk away.

The officer approached the driver and told him to return to his vehicle. The driver refused. The officer then told him to put his hands behind his back. He refused. Police say that's when the officer deployed his TASER, striking the teen in the upper torso. He was taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Police say a short time later, the driver suffered an "undetermined medical emergency." Council Bluffs Fire Department personnel took him to a Council Bluffs Hospital. He was later transferred to an Omaha hospital.

The teenager was listed in stable condition.


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