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Police use stun gun on accused car thief, who later headbutted security officer

TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) - Police had to use a stun gun on a 33-year-old Temple man after he fled from police in a car that was reported stolen, and then resisted arrest from officers. He is also accused of headbutting a security officer at the hospital where he was transported to.

Benjamin Lee Copeland is awaiting arraignment on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and the Bell County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing felony charges for evading arrest in a motor vehicle and assault on a uniformed security officer.

Temple officers were called out to a report of a vehicle theft that just occurred in the 3300 block of Thornton Ln., about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A responding officer found the reported vehicle heading east on S.W. HK Dodgen Loop, near 57th St., and tried to stop the car. The driver didn't stop and fled from the officer. The officer chased after the vehicle for several blocks, before the driver, identified as Copeland, got out of the car and fled on foot.

Police say Copeland kicked and punched the officers as they tried to take him into custody. One officer used a stun gun on Copeland to stop him from resisting. Copeland stopped fighting while the stun gun was being used, but then continued kicking at the officers when the stun gun was turned off, and police say he even grabbed the officer's hand while he was holding the stun gun.

Officers were eventually able to get him under control. There were no injuries reported to Copeland or the officers. The officers transported Copeland to Scott & White after EMS advised he should be evaluated at a hospital.

While at the hospital, Copeland is also accused of headbutting a security officer there.
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