ASHLAND, OR – Walking can be good for your health. Other times, it can leave you tazed and confused.
Just like an 11-year-old autistic girl from Ashland, Oregon. She was tazed by a state trooper while she was walking along a highway at 4 in the morning.
“She warned my daughter twice, who doesn’t respond verbally at all, and then tased her,” said Aram Hampson, the victim’s father.
Hampson says he daughter’s case of autism is so severe, she cannot carry a conversation and she often runs away from home.
And, on top of that, she doesn’t look like your average girl, which is why her dad thinks she was mistaken for a woman.
“She’s kind of you know, husky,” Hampson said.
While tazing an 11-year-old disabled child sounds extreme, state police say the move most likely saved her life.
They claim the girl was actually running across both lanes of the freeway in the wee hours of the morning. And for what it’s worth, they didn’t know she was 11.
“This was not your normal 11-year-old. And the fact that she was 11 shocked me when we found out her actual age,” said Lt. Kelly Collins, with Oregon State Police.
He was shocked? Bad choice of words, man.