Officers use stun gun to subdue DUI suspect

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Officers had to use a stun gun and body restraints to take a combative man into custody after a brief chase  early Thursday.

It took four officers to subdue 39-year-old Corey Abernathy, police said.

The incident began at about 11 p.m. when police received reports of a reckless driver in the 600 block of South Coast Highway. When patrol officers arrived, they spotted a car that was leaving a trail of sparks as it drove on a bare rim. When they tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off, police said.

After a short pursuit, the driver pulled off on a side street, stopped the car and tried to run off. Three officers cornered the man, who refused to give up and struggled with the police. A fourth officer shot him with a stun gun and police were able to restrain him with handcuffs.

A short time later, as paramedics were examining the suspect, he tried to run again, police said.

Abernathy was taken to Tri City Medical Center for evaluation of his minor injuries. He was booked into Vista Detention Facility at 3:15 a.m. on suspicion of resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Three officers were slighting injured in the scuffle.