York Twp. man allegedly grabbed officer's Taser

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York Township man is accused of grabbing an officer's Taser while resisting arrest last week.
  • Charles Morfin, 43, is charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault, among other charges.
  • Morfin remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A York Township man is accused of grabbing an officer's Taser while resisting arrest earlier this month, police said.

Charles Michael Morfin, 43, of 185 Coventry at Waterford Road, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, attempted simple assault, disorderly conduct, general impairment, driving with a suspended license and public drunkenness, according to charging documents.

York Area Regional Police say Morfin was shocked with the Taser after not listening to an officer's commands, and Morfin at one point grabbed the officer's Taser, prompting the officer to punch Morfin.

Charles Morfin

Alleged incident: About 2:30 a.m. Feb. 10, an officer was sitting in his car near the entrance of Coventry at Waterford. Morfin's mother had told police her son was intoxicated and had taken her car, a blue Pontiac Vibe, according to charging documents.

The officer found Morfin in the vehicle after the car turned into the entrance of the apartment complex, and the officer turned on the police cruiser's emergency lights, which Morfin did not stop for, police said.

Morfin pulled up in front of his apartment and exited his car, and the officer got out of his vehicle as well, documents state.

The officer told Morfin to stop twice before Morfin reached the door of his apartment, according to police. The officer grabbed Morfin's arm as he tried to get into the apartment, and the officer could smell an "intoxicating beverage" on Morfin's breath, documents allege.

Morfin began pulling away and was told he was being placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI, according to police.

After Morfin again attempted to open the door, the officer took Morfin to the ground, charging documents allege. Morfin said, "I didn't do anything," and pinned his arms underneath his body, according to police.

Morfin was asked to give the officer his hands, and he began to get up, documents state.

"I told him that he would be getting tased if he didn't comply," the officer wrote in charging documents.

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Tasing: Morfin continued to say he didn't do anything, and began to get up again, causing the officer to remove his Taser and once again tell Morfin he would be shocked with the Taser, police allege.

The officer fired the Taser in Morfin's midsection, which made him fall into the doorway, charging documents state.

As Morfin fell, he tried to grab the wires from the Taser, police said. The officer tried to handcuff Morfin, but he continued fighting, which made the officer call for more units, charging documents state.

Morfin continued resisting, and the officer used the Taser on him again, police said.

"The male grabbed my Taser with both of his hands, and I began to punch the male in his face," the officer wrote in the affidavit.

Morfin was told to let go of the Taser, and he refused, documents state. Police say Morfin was trying to pull the Taser out of the officer's hands, and he was starting to turn it on.

The officer punched Morfin between seven and 10 times in the face until he let go of the Taser, according to police. Another officer arrived, and they were able to take Morfin into custody, according to court documents.

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Morfin was taken to York Hospital for his injuries, and he refused to to have his blood drawn, police said.

Morfin was arraigned on the charges that morning and remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. Morfin is being represented by the York County Public Defender's Office, according to online court records. Reached Friday, the office said Morfin had not been assigned an attorney yet.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. March 14 at District Judge Scott Laird's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.