UPDATE: Fan Tasered by Police Speaks Out

By: Carlos Vergara Email
By: Carlos Vergara Email

November 30, 2009

CBS19's camera was rolling as a police officer tasered a man outside Scott Stadium. The commotion happened around 4pm during Saturday's Virginia Tech vs. Virginia football game.

Michael Hogberg, of Crozet shared more information about the incident Monday. The Virginia Tech fan told CBS19's Carlos Vergara he takes full responsibility for his actions and is more embarrassed than anything else.

Although, he says he did not deserve what he got.

The 25-year-old fan says the incident started when he admittedly tried to smuggle a bottle of liquor into Scott Stadium. Moments later, he was under arrest, handcuffed, and led into a police van.

Our exclusive video shows him jumping out of the police van while still in handcuffs when he panicked. After a 100-yard run up a hill, Albemarle County Police Officer Eric Kudro drew his taser and fired, hitting the suspect in the back.

The Crozet resident immediately fell to the ground, striking the pavement at the bottom of the hill. He says he chipped his tooth and had to get stitches to mend the many cuts on his face.

He faces felony charges of escaping custody. He posted bond Saturday night and will face a judge on January 28. However, he says he will talk to a lawyer about hopefully getting the charges reduced to misdemeanors.

Police say they were justified, adding that the young man was a danger to himself because he was running in handcuffs across busy streets. They say an administrative review is underway, which is standard when police use any manner of force.

We encourage you to join the conversation about this incident.


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