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State Police: Drunk Driver Tasered After Short Pursuit

1/26/2013

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State Police say a drunk driver led police on a short pursuit through Montgometry County, tried to pull a gun on officers and had to be tasered befored being taken into custody.

A Trooper and a Montgomery County Deputy attempted to stop a blue Chevrolet pickup traveling northbound on SR 47 near CR 500 east shortly after midnight Saturday. That's about a mile west of Darlington, IN.

After a short pursuit lasting about a minute, Craig M. Cook, 61 years old from Crawfordsville, IN pulled the truck over. Officers say Cook eventually exited the vehicle but refused to comply with the officers commands.

Police say Cook reached inside his clothing and appeared to reach for a handgun on his belt when the Montgomery County Deputy deployed his taser and the Trooper fired his weapon. The round from the Trooper did not strike the suspect, but Cook fell to the ground from the taser, striking his head on the pavement. Cook was later taken to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville for non-life threatening injuries.

Cook has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on preliminary charges of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon-Class C Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Deadly Weapon-Class D Felony and Operating While Intoxicated-Class A Misdemeanor. Further charges may be pending.

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