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Police: Stun gun used on man doing doughnuts

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Police used a stun gun to subdue an armed Columbus man accused of driving recklessly on a snow-covered street south of Lincoln Village.

Lee Thomas Bybee, 28, 5260 Regency Drive, was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting arrest and refusing to take a breath test, both Class A misdemeanors.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, neighbors notified police that a motorist was doing doughnuts and other unsafe maneuvers near the intersection of Vinewood and Regency drives on the city’s far east side, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Patrolman Brian Cushman saw Bybee throw a vodka bottle out of the vehicle as he approached, Myers said.

Cushman saw what appeared to be a machete in Bybee’s front passenger seat, and police found two smaller knives in the man’s pockets, he said.

Bybee, who police said appeared to be intoxicated, was uncooperative and used profanity when refusing to obey officers’ instructions, Myers said.

When Bybee refused to be handcuffed and began approaching Cushman in an aggressive manner, Cushman used a Taser to subdue him, Myers said.

Evidence against Bybee includes images from cellphones taken by neighbors showing the reckless driving, Myers said. A city snowplow driver also witnessed the incident and offered to help Cushman during the arrest.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Bybee was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash bond.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash’s office.

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