Police Say Suspect Tried to Grab Cop’s Taser During Drunken Encounter

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CUMBERLAND, MD – The Cumberland Police Department reported an intoxicated male attempted to grab an officer’s taser during a drunk driving 9-1-1 call response.

According to police, on Saturday, officers responded to the 800 Block of Sylvan Ave for the report of an intoxicated male who was seen driving in the area.

“Upon arrival on the scene, Officers located the male subject who was seated on the porch of a residence. He was identified as Michael William Griffin Jr, 33, of Cumberland,” the department said. “The subject was visibly intoxicated and began to be verbally aggressive. He had to be repeatedly ordered to lower his voice and to back up from the officer’s immediate presence.”

A police report claims Griffin began to take a fighting stance and make comments to officers about fighting. The subject’s erratic behavior continued, and he then grabbed an officer’s holstered Taser and attempted to take it. At this time, Griffin resisted as he was placed under arrest. Griffin was taken before the District Court Commissioner for his Initial Appearance. Griffin was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $2,500 bond