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Police: Driver shot with Taser after punching Ferndale cop

FERNDALE — Police fired a Taser at a 24-year-old man accused of running from an arrest Wednesday morning, April 9, in a field west of downtown Ferndale.

An officer pulled over a Hyundai Accent driven by Sebastian Petty around 10 a.m. for going 10 mph over the speed limit in the 2300 block of Douglas Road, said Ferndale Police Lt. Bill Hatchett.

Petty provided another man's name as his own, according to a police report. But once the officer asked some questions an impostor wouldn't be able to answer — things like his social security number, his height and weight — Petty threw punches at the officer, jumped out of the car and ran into a field, Hatchett said.

Another cop cut him off about 100 yards away and fired his Taser. It stunned Petty long enough for police to get him into handcuffs.

The first officer had a bruised arm but no serious injuries.

Police suspect Petty's lack of a driver's license and two warrants out for his arrest — for fourth-degree assault and violating a no-contact order — might caused him to motivated him to lie about his identity.

On top of the warrants and a speeding ticket, Petty now faces charges of driving with a license suspended in the third degree, criminal impersonation, felony assault on a police officer, obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest.

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Hours earlier Ferndale police helped make to make another arrest of a man who fled from law but wound up a tree in a swamp.