Taser stops man (and bottle) from entering stadium
A Crozet man reveals what deed initially brought him to justice with a police-fired Taser after he tried to flee custody during the UVA football game against Virginia Tech: he was trying to tote a bottle of liquor into Scott Stadium. The Charlottesville Newsplex, which captured the Tasing on video, has the story.
Michael D. Hogberg of Crozet was interviewed on the Newsplex detailing his injuries, which included over a dozen stitches and a chipped tooth, and expressing hope that his escape-from-custody felony might be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Albemarle County Police Lt. Todd Hopwood says that police were summoned by RMC Security, the Richmond-based firm that provides security at large UVA events, after Hogberg, who was also charged with being drunk in public, was ejected from the Stadium.
"If someone voluntarily leaves," says Hopwood, "they don't call the police, so evidently they were having a problem with Mr. Hogberg."
Hopwood confirms that the officer who Tased Hogberg was Eric Kudro. Hopwood says he'll withhold an opinion on the matter until an internal review–- standard any time police use force–- wraps in about two weeks.
Hopwood did say that police policy forbids a use of Taser except when defending against harm. Such harm can, Hopwood notes, include self-harm, and the hand-cuffed Hogberg was running through a crowded area, over two roads.
As the video, however, indicates, the harm became imminent only after Hogberg, who the Hook was unable to immediately reach, was hit by two electrodes, momentarily paralyzing him and bringing his face into quick contact with an asphalt road.
–updated at 2:15pm December 1 with six additional paragraphs