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Fleeing suspect tased when confronted with arrest warrant

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By Ben Hyatt

A routine arrest ended with a trip to the hospital following an electrical jolt Sunday, Sept. 2.
According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, an arrest warrant was issued for Edwin Cummins, 45, for Harrison County Family Court.
Deputy Peak said the citation for arrest was due to Cummins alleged failure to satisfy his child support obligations.
“I located Mr. Cummins at 132 N. Walnut St. Sunday evening,” explained Peak. “Mr. Cummins was on the front porch of the house when I advised him that I had a warrant for his arrest.”
Peak said after Cummins was told that he was being placed under arrest, he ran back into the house.
“I ran after him through the house,” said Peak. “He was told several times to stop and drop to the ground, however, he refused to listen to my orders.”
Peak said once the two were outside in the backyard, Cummins was ordered a final time to stop before Peak discharged his taser at Cummins.
“He immediately dropped during the cycle of the taser,” said Peak. “The taser allowed me to place Mr. Cummins into handcuffs.”
Peak said as part of the department’s protocol, Cummins was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital to be evaluated by doctors since he was tased.
“He was released and deemed medically cleared to be incarcerated,” said Peak. “He was taken to Bourbon County Detention Center later that evening.”
Peak said Cummins now faces second degree fleeing and evading as well as resisting arrest. Both charges were added to the family court warrant.