A 40-year-old Colorado man has been charged with felony assault/battery on a law enforcement officer from an incident that occurred Friday, August 2 around 10:15 p.m. during Kuna Days.
Deputies had to use a Taser twice to get control of Steven Brice Wells, who appeared very intoxicated.
The incident began after someone waved deputies over to the parking lot near Linder Road and 2nd Street intersection and was told that a man, allegedly Wells, refused to get out of a car of a woman he knew.
Deputies approached Wells, who had gotten out the car, seemed to be intoxicated from slurring his speech, having difficulty keeping his balance, and most notably, punching himself in the face. He then took off running when deputies asked to talk to him. Telling him to stop, but refusing to, deputies raced after him due to concerns of families and children in the area attending the family movie night at the ballpark.
Once he was caught up to, he attempted to punch a deputy in the face. That’s when the deputy first used his Taser. That worked initially but once Wells fell to the ground, he was able to pull the Taser probes out of his chest and started fighting with the two deputies, who were trying to put handcuffs on him.
That’s when the deputy used the direct Taser contact on Wells, which allowed them to cuff him.
Wells continued to struggle with deputies as the put him in the back of a patrol car, where he kicked at the doors and windows numerous times on his way to the Ada County Jail.
Deputies charged Wells with felony assault or battery on a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and booked him into the jail.
Wells, who is from Littleton, Colorado, left after posting a $2,000 bond Monday afternoon.
The woman who owned the car left before deputies could talk to her about what happened, so it is unclear what happened before deputies arrived.