SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah, Aug. 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man is facing multiple charges after police say he was walking down the street in only a thong, wearing a sign, and then refused to comply with police commands.
Wesley Alexander Sayer, 27, was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of:
- Assault on a peace officer in uniform, a class A misdemeanor
- Failure to stop at the command of a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor
- Interference with an arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor
- Intoxication, a class C misdemeanor
The probable cause statement does not indicate what was printed on the sign, but it does share other details.
“The R/P stated the male jumped in front of their vehicle causing them to almost hit him,” the statement says. “I arrived and located the suspect standing in the parking lot of Eagle Park pushing a stroller. I exited my patrol vehicle and made contact with the male. The male was only wearing a man thong holding his hands in the air.”
The officer, from the Saratoga Springs Police Department, asked the suspect his name. Sayer responded that it was “Ryan,” and that he lived nearby.
“I asked the male to turn around so I could place him in handcuffs for safety purposes. The male turned around and as I began placing him in handcuffs, he pulled away and began running across the park.
“I quickly tackled the male and began fighting with him to place his hands behind his back. The male turned and threw a punch at me hitting my vest and breaking my body camera off my vest. I got up from fighting with the male and told him he was going to get Tasered if he didn’t stop fighting. The male stood up and began running again, at which time I commanded him to stop and deployed my Taser.”
The Tasing caused Sayer to fall to the ground, the statement says.
“I commanded the male to stay on the ground until other officers arrived or he would be Tased again. The male stated he understood and layed on the ground until handcuffs could be applied.”
Once handcuffed, Sayer reportedly told officers he “was very emotional and began crying, saying he was a 12-year-old boy who didn’t want to hurt anyone.”
The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Sayer.
“I asked him how much he had drank, (after) which he stated when he drinks too much, his mind goes.”
The officer requested that paramedics do an assessment of Sayer.
“While the paramedics were treating the Taser deployment, a female arrived stating she was looking for her boyfriend who had left the house,” the probable cause statement says. “She stated her boyfriend’s name was Wesley Sayer. When Wesley heard her voice, he began yelling for her claiming she was his girlfriend. It was at this point we were able to identify the male as 27-year-old Wesley Sayer.”
The suspect was transported to Timpanogos Hospital by ambulance for evaluation, then was booked into the Utah County Jail, where he has been booked 13 times before. His bail was set at $5,000.