Local man gets Tased after throwing bar stools

Cary Ashby • Jul 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

A man accused of throwing bar stools and forced to be Tased by police is out on bond.

Michael J. Ringer, 40, of 85 New St., Apt 1, Greenwich, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The misdemeanors are in connection with an incident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Hunter's Brew in Greenwich.

"An officer was driving by and noticed an altercation in front of the bar. One person was involved," Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey said, referring to Ringer.

"He got into it with a female. He pushed her off a bar stool and started throwing bar stools," the chief said. "The female claimed her knee was hurt."

It's unknown what started the incident.

"Officers confronted him (Ringer) in the bar and took him outside to talk about it. They talked to him about the female and (Ringer) decided not to cooperate with them," Dorsey said.

"He tried to walk away from the officers and he pushed one of the officers," the chief continued.

After the suspected push, police took Ringer into custody on disorderly conduct.

"He wouldn't comply with the officer's order. He wouldn't comply with what they wanted him to do. They had to force him to the ground," Dorsey said.

Police were forced to use a Taser on the suspect when officers wanted Ringer to put his hands behind his back.

"Ringer would not put his hands behind his back and that's why he was Tased. … After the Taser was used on him, he did comply," Dorsey said.

Ringer was transported to the Huron County Jail, where he later posted bond.

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