Police use Taser on naked man in Provo Canyon

2013-04-29T00:27:00Z 2013-05-17T06:31:57Z Police use Taser on naked man in Provo CanyonBilly Hesterman - Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 29, 2013 12:27 am  • 

A Provo man could face multiple charges from the Utah County Sheriff's office after charging two deputies naked early Sunday morning.

The event took place at Squaw Peak Overlook in Provo Canyon when two sheriff deputies responded to a call about a naked man who was being disorderly. Once the officers spotted the man and called out to him he responded by charging at the two officers.

One officer attempted to use his Taser on Dallin Brimhall, 26, but it malfunctioned. Brimhall then engaged in a physical altercation with the deputy while the second officer used his Taser on Brimhall which did halt him for a moment. Brimhall recovered from the shock and again began to engage with the officers. The deputies then used the Taser again and were able to secure Brimhall into their custody. The officers then called for an ambulance.

While they waited for the ambulance to arrive Brimhall continued to resist the deputies and tried to escape. Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's office said once paramedics arrived they evaluated the man and administered medication in an effort to calm him. He was then transported to the emergency room at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Cannon explained that in many situations like this it would be expected that Brimhall would be under the influence of alcohol or drugs but the initial toxicology reports came back negative. He said further tests will be done to determine if the initial toxicology reports are correct. Cannon also said the man could be suffering from a mental health issue.

"He seems troubled," said Cannon.

Brimhall could be charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and lewdness. Cannon said it had yet to be determined if Brimhall will be charged as the sheriff's office is waiting to learn Brimhall's condition from the hospital. If he is suffering from a mental health issue Cannon said they office may not charge him but seek to get him some mental health treatments.

-- Billy Hesterman covers the Utah State Legislature and local politics for the Daily Herald. You can follow him on Twitter at: @billyhesterman
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