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West Allis police chief: No wrongdoing in Taser use of unruly drunk driver


WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - The interim police chief in West Allis does not believe his officers did anything wrong when they restrained an unruly drunk driving suspect at a hospital, and used a Taser gun on him.

The suspect, 46-year-old Robert Maurina, died the next day. And police have asked the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office to investigate the officers’ handling of the incident.

Authorities said Maurina went to the police station in late November to get his girlfriend, after she was arrested for drunk driving. But he was charged himself with his 5th OWI, and was taken to a hospital to have his blood drawn for evidence.

There, officials said Maurina resisted attempts to get a blood sample – and he was then restrained and stunned with a police Taser. He died the next day, and the medical examiner said Maurina had been taking several medicines.

Interim Police Chief Charles Padgett wants complete transparency in the investigation – and it was his department’s idea to have the DA investigate.