An Anderson County deputy said he hit a Claxton man with two five-second bursts from a Taser on Wednesday before he was able to handcuff and arrest him.
Anderson County Deputy Jonathan A. Bryant said he was patrolling near Mooncrest Lane and Dunn Lane in Claxton at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when he saw the defendant, Dennis Lee Reynolds, 49, with a female near a van, according to court records and an incident report.
Bryant said the two “dropped down low to the ground” when they saw his police car, the records said. They moved to the passenger side of the van, opposite of the deputy.
As Bryant pulled into a driveway to turn around, Reynolds allegedly fled through a yard and into a Mooncrest Lane home, Bryant said.
The deputy first questioned the female. She told Bryant that she was trying to find jumper cables but “did not know nothing about a male subject,” the records said.
After a backup deputy arrived, Bryant went to the home and allegedly saw Reynolds looking out a bedroom window. Bryant told Reynolds to come out, but he instead opened a window and jumped out, the records said.
“The defendant started to run toward Old Edgemoor Road when I gave chase,” Bryant said. The deputy said he yelled “Stop!” and “Police!” but Reynolds allegedly kept running.
After Reynolds ran between two cars and across a parking lot, Bryant hit him with one five-second Taser burst, and Reynolds fell to the ground, the records said.
The deputy said he tried to handcuff Reynolds, but he “forced his left hand from my grasp and refused to give me his right arm,” Bryant said. “The defendant tried to get up while I was trying to hold him down so I deployed my Taser, five seconds more, to try to keep the defendant from forcing his way up.”
Bryant was then able to put handcuffs on Reynolds and arrest him, warrants said.
The victim at the Mooncrest Lane home said Reynolds and the female had come to her home to ask for a ride, but she told them her battery was dead. She told authorities she did not give Reynolds permission to enter her home a second time or to hide from police.
She said Reynolds had damaged her window screen and blinds, and the damage was estimated at $135.
Reynolds remained jailed Friday afternoon. He has been charged with aggravated burglary, public intoxication, vandalism, criminal impersonation, and evading and resisting arrest.