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Drunken Driver Shot Twice With Taser After Fleeing Police

You can't outrun a Taser. An accused drunken driver learned that lesson the hard way last week when he was shot with a Taser not once, but twice, the Eastern Arizona Courier reports.

Matthew Eugene Ravia was pulled over for speeding on New Year's Day. Instead of surrendering to police, however, Ravia took off on foot. Police had to use stun guns on the suspected drunken driver twice before he could be cuffed. Ravia is now facing charges for aggravated DUI and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

A Safford police officer noticed Ravia speeding in a Nissan Sentra about 2 a.m. The officer turned on his siren and pursued the Sentra, but Ravia refused to pull over.

Ravia reportedly sped off at over twice the posted speed limit and then parked in front of a bar on Main Street. He tried to go into the bar, but the door was locked.

That's when the officer arrived. He yelled at Ravia to get on the ground, but the suspect ran off. Another officer was able to cut Ravia off in his squad car. Ravia tried to run around the cruiser, but was subdued by a Taser and fell to the ground.

While on the ground, Ravia refused to allow the officers to handcuff him, leading to Taser incident No. 2. According to the officers, Ravia appeared to be drunk and later admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages at a New Year's Eve party.

He told police that he was speeding because he was trying to catch up with his girlfriend, who had left the party with another man. Ravia was booked into jail on aggravated DUI and unlawful flight charges. In general, aggravated DUI charges arise when certain aggravating factors exist that elevate a DUI offense to the level of a felony.

Factors include getting a third DUI conviction within seven years, driving on a suspended or canceled license, and having a child in the car at the time of the DUI. However, authorities haven't yet disclosed what aggravating factors led to the charge in Ravia's case.

If convicted on the aggravated DUI charge, Ravia could spend anywhere from four months to several years in prison.

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