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Trooper: Bellingham man shot with Taser after punching moving car

BELLINGHAM — A man accused of blocking traffic and punching a moving car on Guide Meridian was arrested Wednesday evening, May 28, and taken to St. Joseph hospital in what state troopers called a state of excited delirium.

Whatcom County sheriff's deputies were called around 6 p.m. to a home in the the 5400 block of Guide Meridian because John H. Bode, 44, of Bellingham, had been tipping over tables and being a nuisance, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

Troopers responded, too, when drivers saw a man, later identified as Bode, throwing punches at moving cars and blocking traffic on the Guide, aka State Route 539. Witnesses said one of Bode's blows struck a car; that driver kept driving, so troopers didn't know if the punch left any damage.

Bode appeared to be in a state of excited delirium, according to the state patrol. Officers shot him with a Taser, causing him to fall and cut his head on the road, Francis said. No one else was hurt during the ordeal.

Because of Bode's head injury and his extremely agitated state, he needed treatment at St. Joseph hospital. But an hour later, Francis said, his condition had improved greatly. None of Bode's injuries were considered life-threatening. He's expected to be booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement.

Troopers suspect Bode had been drinking alcohol and taking methamphetamine before the outburst.