Drunk man at gas station bites officer, gets ‘stunned’

A man who had been drinking at a music festival was arrested at a Nashville gas station after police say he resisted arrest and bit an officer.

Police were called about an unresponsive man slumped over in a Ford Ranger in the gas station’s parking lot early in the morning June 17.

Nashville Police Officer Kyle Seward attempted to wake up Thomas F. Langley, 24, of South Morgantown Road, but was unable to and reported smelling alcohol on him, the probable cause affidavit said.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Shrader arrived and also attempted to wake Langley by applying a pressure point. Langley woke up and officers asked him to exit the vehicle, but he would not.

Shrader tried to remove Langley, but he resisted and held onto the steering wheel, the report said. Langley then bit Shrader.

Three officers on the scene deployed their Tasers. After being hit with electric shocks, Langley exited the vehicle and was told to lie on the ground, but he did not, the affidavit said.

Shrader then “dry-stunned” Langley in his left side and he laid on the ground, where he was handcuffed.

While searching the truck to find Langley’s driver’s license, Seward found an unopened beer can and a .22 caliber Ruger revolver in the center console. Langley did not have a permit for the revolver and had a suspended driver’s license, the report said.

Langley told officers he had been drinking at the Bill Monroe bluegrass festival and that he knew he was very drunk.

A portable breath test showed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.16, twice the legal limit.

Langley was charged with battery against a public safety official, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.08 or more, a Class C misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor; and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.