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Man on P.E.I. tasered three times by police

Police-issue conducted electrical weapon, a Taser X26
Police-issue conducted electrical weapon, a Taser X26

CORNWALL, P.E.I.—A Cornwall man the police Tasered three times before managing to subdue him will be back in court next month for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

Paul Godfrey, 51, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where the case was adjourned for sentencing.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court an RCMP officer saw Godfrey’s truck leave Sam’s Family Restaurant in Cornwall on Jan. 13.

The officer followed the truck as it drove a short distance at a high speed before pulling into Godfrey’s driveway.

After pulling in behind Godfrey’s truck the officer got out and ordered him to stop, saying he didn’t want to have to chase him into the house.

He eventually stopped and after a second officer arrived Godfrey struggled with them during his arrest for impaired driving.

That charge was stayed.

Godfrey managed to slip away and one of the officers ordered him to stop or he would use his Taser.

Godfrey didn’t stop and the officer Tasered him.

Once the Taser finished cycling Godfrey got up and ran away.

The second officer Tasered him again, but Godfrey was able to get up and go into his house.

Once inside the police chased him through the house, Tasered him a third time and tackled him in the garage.

MacDonald said on the way to the detachment Godfrey told the police he didn’t feel well.

An officer pulled the Taser prongs out of Godfrey at the detachment and he went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

MacDonald told the court Godfrey later said he drank six beer that night and didn’t know why he resisted the police.

Godfrey will be back in court Nov. 8 for sentencing.

Ryan.Ross@tc.tc

Twitter.com/ryanrross

Paul Godfrey, 51, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where the case was adjourned for sentencing.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court an RCMP officer saw Godfrey’s truck leave Sam’s Family Restaurant in Cornwall on Jan. 13.

The officer followed the truck as it drove a short distance at a high speed before pulling into Godfrey’s driveway.

After pulling in behind Godfrey’s truck the officer got out and ordered him to stop, saying he didn’t want to have to chase him into the house.

He eventually stopped and after a second officer arrived Godfrey struggled with them during his arrest for impaired driving.

That charge was stayed.

Godfrey managed to slip away and one of the officers ordered him to stop or he would use his Taser.

Godfrey didn’t stop and the officer Tasered him.

Once the Taser finished cycling Godfrey got up and ran away.

The second officer Tasered him again, but Godfrey was able to get up and go into his house.

Once inside the police chased him through the house, Tasered him a third time and tackled him in the garage.

MacDonald said on the way to the detachment Godfrey told the police he didn’t feel well.

An officer pulled the Taser prongs out of Godfrey at the detachment and he went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

MacDonald told the court Godfrey later said he drank six beer that night and didn’t know why he resisted the police.

Godfrey will be back in court Nov. 8 for sentencing.

Ryan.Ross@tc.tc

Twitter.com/ryanrross

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