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Struggle to restrain suspect: Police

Matt Zapotosky

How do you stop a suspect who remains unfazed after getting hit by pepper spray, a Taser and a police baton?

That question was posed to Anne Arundel police Sunday night after a woman called them around 7 p.m. to report a man had walked into the street at Waugh Chapel Road and Dairy Farm Road in Odenton, beat repeatedly on the hood of her vehicle, then sat on her vehicle's bumper.

An officer first tried to get the man to move the easy way, issuing “simple verbal commands” for him to take his hands out of his pockets and show ID, police said in a news release. The man, who police said appeared to be high or drunk, did not respond.

The officer next tried to handcuff the man, but failed, police said. So did the officer’s backup. An officer then tried pepper spray. According to the news release, that only made him mad. The man lifted one of the officers up, threw him to the ground and tried to grab his gun, according to the news release.

More backup arrived, and officers tried a Taser on the still-resistant suspect, police said. It, too, was “ineffective,” police said.

An officer then tried striking the suspect’s legs with a baton. Also “ineffective,” police said.

Four officers working together were finally able to control the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Stephen Lee Wise, and apply hand and leg restraints, police said.

Wise was transported to a hospital and later released and charged with disorderly conduct, attempted destruction of property, resisting arrest, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. Two officers were also treated and released from the hospital, police said.

The suspect’s vehicle, a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, was located a short distance away in the left turn lane of Chapelgate Drive. It was idling unattended with its driver’s door open, police said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 5, 2010; 10:55 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Matt Zapotosky  
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PCP perhaps!

Posted by: Special_One40 | October 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Why is this news?

This happens everyday to DC police with people on PCP.

Posted by: afropuff_03 | October 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Like dogs in PG and Wash DC.... this man would have been shot and done with... in MoCo, he would have won a lawsuit against the police for unnecessary force :) ....

Posted by: rvanags | October 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"That man was on PCP Johnson!" Dave Chappelle

Posted by: jaytee22002 | October 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The Dippa....The Dippa......The Dippa, cmon....hook me up...ahhhh

Posted by: Dice211 | October 5, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I am thinking PCP too. I had a run in with a PCP freak a few years back, and nothing effected him. There was a Louisiana cop killed after the PCP freak had been shot nine times. It wasn't until his partner blew his head off with a Remington 870 that he fell.

Posted by: madmike272 | October 5, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

A review of Stephen Lee Wise Jr's., record is in order. In short it is an abysmal record. When added together along with his father, the record shows more than 40 entries.

Mr. Wise's conduct is dangerous in that a lenghty stay in Maryland's prison system is in order to make the law abiding public a little safer.

On another, but related note, one can determine that Mr. Wise's father was all of 18 years old when the younger Mr. Wise was born. Another example of piss poor decision making.

And as for the hand wringers who insist that currently illegal drugs be made legal, no one in their right mind would advocate the legalization of PCP.

Lasltly, Mr. Wise is extremely lucky that he was not shot to death by the police, the police would have been justified if such a shooting had occured.

Posted by: | October 5, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

attempted destruction of property? sounds more like the charge should be peeing off the authoritah.

Posted by: jhope432 | October 5, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm....look at Mr. Wise mugshot.

Posted by: Chazo | October 5, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if this has anything to do with his tea party membership. lol.

Posted by: Jim110 | October 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

My only question is when he tried to take the gun why wasn't he shot? He should have been.

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 6, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

One more thing. Beat on my hood then sit on my bumper, hold on for the ride, cause you're going for one.

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 6, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

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