Watonga officer tased man handcuffed to hospital bed, court documents say

A now-former Watonga police officer was charged with a felony after tasing a man who was restrained to a hospital bed, according to court documents. Jason Porter was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon last month for the incident that happened in May of 2022. Blaine County court records said a man led police officers on a chase from Watonga to Geary, where the driver, Jason Looney, crashed his car. Looney was taken to Mercy Hospital in Watonga, and he was handcuffed to his bed for treatment. Court documents said the restraints were loose, and Looney attempted to grab and bite the nurses in the hospital. When the same nurses tried to insert a catheter, Looney rose up in his bed and tried to resist. Porter then deployed a taser twice, forcing Looney back onto the bed. Court documents said a Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy, who was in the room, immediately called dispatch to report Porter’s use of the taser. Two days later, the Blaine County Sheriff asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into Porter’s conduct. During an interview with investigators, Porter said he tried to restrain Looney in the hospital bed himself before he used his taser. Porter said he thought this was the only way to protect himself and hospital staff, according to documents. Looney was also charged with endangering others while eluding a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A now-former Watonga police officer was charged with a felony after tasing a man who was restrained to a hospital bed, according to court documents.

Jason Porter was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon last month for the incident that happened in May of 2022.

Blaine County court records said a man led police officers on a chase from Watonga to Geary, where the driver, Jason Looney, crashed his car. Looney was taken to Mercy Hospital in Watonga, and he was handcuffed to his bed for treatment.

Court documents said the restraints were loose, and Looney attempted to grab and bite the nurses in the hospital. When the same nurses tried to insert a catheter, Looney rose up in his bed and tried to resist.

Porter then deployed a taser twice, forcing Looney back onto the bed. Court documents said a Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy, who was in the room, immediately called dispatch to report Porter’s use of the taser.

Two days later, the Blaine County Sheriff asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into Porter’s conduct. During an interview with investigators, Porter said he tried to restrain Looney in the hospital bed himself before he used his taser.

Porter said he thought this was the only way to protect himself and hospital staff, according to documents.

Looney was also charged with endangering others while eluding a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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