Man Tasered after Fleeing from Forest Hills Police
Incident on Greensburg Pike started with a report of a man trying to throw himself in front of a vehicle.
Forest Hills police charged Benjamin Klink with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following an incident on Greensburg Pike about 12:55 a.m. Oct. 15.
According to police, a woman reported that a man, who was possibly intoxicated, had attempted to throw himself in front of a car on Greensburg Pike in the vicinity of Lenox Avenue. Police were dispatched to the area and located two men walking who fit the description given.
One of the two Forest Hills officers who responded recognized Klink, 29, whose address is listed as Pittsburgh, 15221, from a high-speed vehicle pursuit several months ago. The officer ordered Klink and a second man, Derick Ebbitt, to stop and come closer several times.
According to the police report, Klink, who was carrying a black backpack, ran off between two houses. The officer pursued him, believing an adult male with a backpack walking late at night was highly suspicious.
Klink ran around the corner of a house in the 4100 block of Greensburg Pike, and had his backpack in front and appeared to be reaching inside it. The officer, fearing for his own safety because he believed Klink was reaching for a weapon, deployed his Taser.
The probes struck Klink in the lower left side of his back and he fell to the ground. After deactivating the Taser, the officer arrested Klink, who is on probation in relation to the high-speed chase incident.
A sharp, silver kitchen knife was found in the outer compartment of the backpack. Klink told police he is a server at a local restaurant.
The officer noticed an odor of alcohol eminating from Klink. He also had signs of intoxication.
Woodland Hills EMS checked Klink for injuries, including scrapes, knee pain and a possible chipped front tooth. The officer transported Klink to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville for an evaluation and treatment. Once clear, he was taken to Allegheny County Jail.
The man with Klink, who was also intoxicated, was released and given a ride to his Forest Hills home.
Klink faces a preliminary hearing on the charges before District Judge Thomas Caulfield at 9 a.m. Oct. 24.