Police chase ends with crash near Placer High, Taser use

Keith Smith of Auburn faces felony evasion charge
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An Auburn man arrested for an alleged meth-fueled evasion of police that ended with a crash near Placer High School and him being restrained with a Taser remains in custody at Placer County Jail.

Auburn Police Officer Chris Forman booked Keith Smith, 56, on charges of felony evasion of a police officer while driving with disregard for the safety of others, physically resisting arrest, driving under the influence of methamphetamine and driving with a suspended license.

Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, when Forman attempted to pull over Smith after he failed to stop at a stop sign, Smith led Forman on a short pursuit of less than 1,000 feet before veering off road and crashing into a chain-link fence separating two parking lots at Placer High School, police said.

Smith allegedly ran from his car, and when Forman caught up to him, physically resisted arrest and Forman used a Taser to “bring Smith under control,” police said.

“In this case, he obviously didn’t want to give the officer his arm or give him his hands so he could be handcuffed,” Sgt. Michael Garlock said.

Smith had allegedly pulled his hands from the officer when he tried to handcuff him, and he also laid with his arms pinned between him and the ground, hiding his hands, Garlock said.

Unable to secure Smith’s hands to cuff them, Forman had to resort to using the Taser, Garlock said. Smith is being held on $50,000 bail.


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