Man tased outside Warner Robins Walmart on Black Friday

dgary@macon.comNovember 26, 2012 

Warner Robins police officers used a Taser to restrain a Perry man on Black Friday outside of a Walmart on Watson Boulevard after they say he refused to surrender to arrest.

Torrance Scott Lahey, 33, was approached by officers around 2 a.m. after police say they saw him acting suspiciously inside the store. He frequently switched checkout lanes after spending several hours inside the store, and officers escorted him outside of the building, police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said.

Lahey consented to a search but attempted to place his left hand in his pocket after officers advised against doing so, according to a Monday post on the police department’s blog. Lahey was forced to the ground but would not remove his left arm from under his body, police say. Three officers attempted to secure Lahey’s arm, but he continued to resist, so he was tased, the blog stated.

Pugh said she was not sure if Lahey was there to shop, but police did find a stolen credit card in his possession. Lahey admitted to medical workers that he had methamphetamine in his system, Pugh said.

Lahey received a small cut over his eye after struggling with officers but refused treatment at the scene.

He was charged with obstruction and theft by receiving stolen property. Lahey could not be reached for comment.

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