An officer with the Chesilhurst Police Department was indicted today for firing a taser at a man driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which subsequently crashed, Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck announced today. The driver sustained significant injuries, but survived.
The officer, Tyquan McIntosh, noticed the driver operating an unregistered ATV on August 12, 2020, and followed him until the ATV stalled. When McIntosh approached the ATV, the driver restarted the engine and began driving away. McIntosh then fired his taser, causing the ATV to flip.
State law prohibits officers from using tasers and other similar devices against anyone operating a vehicle unless the use of deadly force is authorized.
McIntosh was charged with aggravated assault in March; the indictments announced today, which also include two charges of tampering with public records related to the incident, could carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years if McIntosh is found guilty.