Police: Man suspected of trespassing, intoxication asks to be jailed, then resists and is Tased

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A man is accused of resisting arrest after asking to be taken to jail on Saturday morning after officers suspect he was intoxicated and trespassing, according to Maricopa Police. 

Brian A. Whitman was booked into Pinal County Jail on suspicion of  third-degree trespassing and resisting arrest, police said. 

According to the probable cause statement: 

At about 2:40 a.m., officers contacted Whitman behind Plaza Bonita, 21141 N. John Wayne Pkwy., where multiple notrespassing signs were posted. 

Upon contact, officers noted that Whitman “appeared heavily intoxicated,” had bloodshot eyes, would slur his speech and fall back asleep. 

Officers informed Whitman that he was being written a criminal citation and was offered a ride to Community Bridges Inc. The man asked the officers, “What about Pinal?” Officers told Whitman that they could take him to Pinal County Jail if he would like, to which he stated, “Yes. 

When officers attempted to place Whitman in handcuffs, he began passively resisting. Whitman allegedly refused to turn around and began pulling away from the officers, police said, adding that he tensed up his muscles and did not listen to commands. 

Officers informed Whitman that if he did not comply, he would be Tased. 

Whitman turned around, as the officers requested, but continued to passively resist by pulling away from officers and tensing his arms. 

Officers Tased the man, and took him into custody.