Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 2, 2010

Police Bulletin

Man Tasered, charged in incident on Stanley Blvd.

A Pleasanton police officer resorted to using his Taser to subdue a man in an incident Sunday.

Miguel Luvian, 31, had been drinking at the fair, according to Sgt. Joe Leonardo, who said when Luvian got into an argument with his wife, she let him out of the car on Stanley Boulevard.

"In his extreme intoxication, he started walking eastbound toward Livermore in the lanes of traffic, stopping traffic yelling at it," Leonardo said. When Officer Brandon Stocking arrived on the scene, he tried to get Luvian off the street and onto the sidewalk.

Leonardo described Luvian as belligerent.

"As the officer was trying to give him commands, he was being aggressive, still not obeying the officer's commands," Leonardo said. "He was coming at the officer in an aggressive manner."

Use of the Taser is an "uncommon occurrence" in Pleasanton, according to Leonardo, who estimated police may have used the device -- which administers an electrical shock to subdue a suspect -- twice in the last year. Leonardo said Stocking's use of the Taser on Luvian solved "a couple of problems."

"It took him off the street," Leonardo said, adding the situation could have ended in a fight.

"It could have gone bad for the person being tased or the officer," he said.

The Taser was fired from about five feet away, and after Luvian was stunned, he was taken to the hospital and checked before he was booked.

Luvian was charged with public drunkenness, and resisting arrest.

Leonardo said Pleasanton officers are trained in the proper use of a Taser, and during that class, volunteers are taken to receive a shock so they can experience it. He said it's not something officers use lightly.

"It's part of our duty but it's not something we do every day," Leonardo said.

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