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Man Arrested After Petaluma Police Officer Fires Taser During Pursuit

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A Petaluma man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest Monday evening after a police officer fired a Taser stun gun at him as he ran toward a friend’s home, a police sergeant said. Officer Corie Joerger was patrolling the 1600 block of Weaverly Drive, where residents had complained about narcotics activity, Petaluma police Sgt. Rick Cox said.

Joerger saw 27-year-old Nicholas Bernhardy walking away from a suspicious vehicle parked in the area around 5:45 p.m. and determined Bernhardy had a felony arrest warrant for burglary, Cox said. When Bernhardy tried to flee, Joerger shot him with a Taser, but Bernhardy ran into a friend’s residence, Cox said. Bernhardy’s friend then escorted him out of the residence and Bernhardy was arrested on suspicion of possession of hydrocodone without a prescription, resisting arrest and for the arrest warrant for burglary.

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