YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Ridgewood man wearing only a cowboy hat and wielding a bottle was tasered by police after he charged officers investigating a neighborhood burglary, witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Officers responding to a 9:30 a.m. report of an Olivia Street burglary in which two teens were at home spotted Craig D. Andrews, 48, coming down the street at them with the bottle, Police Chief John Ward said.
Officers tasered Andrews under the New Jersey Attorney General’s Use of Force guidelines, the chief said.
Witnesses on the block told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that Andrews, after recovering, appeared to sustain a seizure.
He was taken by ambulance to the Valley Hospital, where a source with direct knowledge of his condition said he remained this evening.
A judge ordered Andrews held on $40,000 bail, charged with burglary, criminal trespass, obstruction, drug possession and lewdness.
Andrews has a criminal history that includes a March 2010 drug arrest after police said they found him standing in the middle of East Glen and North Maple Avenues screaming that he was God.