NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — Police in New Kensington say a man they arrested and tased would not stop when they attempted to pull him over for speeding.
Police later arrested Lee Jones and tased him for being uncooperative.
But the man’s family says the officer overreacted and it has left their loved one hurt and hospitalized.
The tasing and what led up to it was all captured on cell phone video.
The New Kensington man hospitalized at Allegheny General Hospital was tased by police in the driveway of his home.
Fifty-one-year-old Lee Jones was tased in front of his children as they watched, scared and unaware of what to do.
The cell phone video caught the moments on camera before and during the tasing incident.
“You can’t do that.”
“You’re on my property, I’m not resisting arrest, you’re touching me.”
There are two different versions of what happened after 51-year-old Lee Jones of New Kensington fled from police last night shortly before 8 on Stevenson Boulevard.
“Someone would end up dying there that was my biggest fear,” said Aaliyah Jones, Lee’s daughter.
Outside Allegheny General Hospital Lee’s family spoke about the scary moments that happened before their eyes. The moment their dad was tased and then dropped to the ground for reasons they say, don’t make sense.
“He wasn’t doing anything wrong. First of all the cop was touching him, it’s clear in the video he was grabbing his hand for one. And they say he was resisting arrest when he was literally just standing there,” said Aaliyah Jones.
Patrol Sargeant Kevin Hess says even though he activated his lights and siren, Lee would not pull over. Sargeant Hess says Lee was speeding in a rainstorm and going 58 in a 40 mile per hour zone.
Lee’s teen daughter caught the confrontation between her father and police on her cell phone video outside their home after their dad pulled into their driveway.
Police say there was an almost entirely consumed can of Colt 45 in Lee’s car as well as a half drank container of Peach Moonshine. The family says that’s not true.
“When he pulled the bag out, he literally had just bought the beer. I was on the phone with my dad a couple minutes before that, he was on his way home. They pulled it out and there were no open cans in there,” said Aaliyah Jones.
Police did not want to go on camera but Sergeant Hess says he gave Lee every opportunity and warning to comply and then he was left with no other choice but to tase him and arrest him.
The family says as a result of the tasing Lee cannot stand on his own yet.
Police say Lee received Taser aftercare by medics on the scene as well and they have charged him with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest, DUI and careless driving.
The family they would like to see the charges dropped.