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Bridgeport Police Taser Suspected Drug Dealer After Bike Chase

Jose Ortiz
Jose Ortiz Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A wanted drug dealer spotted riding a bike in Bridgeport was apprehended after a chase that ended with an officer using a Taser on him as he resisted arrest, police said.

The incident began at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, when an officer traveling south on Pequonnock Street in a marked squad car recognized a wanted suspect riding a bicycle in the same direction, police said.

The officer recognized the suspect, Jose Ortiz, 24, from a recent arrest and was aware Ortiz currently had multiple warrants out for his arrest, police said.

Ortiz apparently spotted the officer and accelerated away from the police vehicle, police said.

He turned into the parking lot of Save A Lot, then jumped off his bicycle and began to flee on foot, police said.

The officer pursued Ortiz on foot through the parking lot and over a chain link fence, police said.

Another officer on foot found Ortiz curled in a fetal position between Lovely Nails at 532 Pequonnock St. and a red 6-foot stockade fence around trash dumpster, police said.

As Ortiz, bleeding from both hands, was breathing heavily, the officer identified himself and told Ortiz not to move, police said.

Ortiz resisted arrest as two other officers arrived to assist, police said.

After he made several attempts to get away, officers used a Taser on Ortiz, police said.

Ortiz was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Ortiz was charged with interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell. Bond was set at $50,000.

Ortiz also had warrants out for failure to appear, trespassing, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, violating conditions of release, unlawful restraint, assault, and threatening for a total bond of $170,000.

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