Joshua Anthony Lawrence

A Buchanan man was jailed after being tased by police on Monday evening following complaints he was using a U-Haul truck to drive donuts in the front yard of a Kimwood Drive residence.

Joshua Anthony Lawrence, 34, of 2239 Crossroads Church Road, Buchanan, was arrested on Monday, May 10 at around 10 p.m. after police initially received a complaint about a speeding vehicle on Kimwood Drive.

When police arrived, they found Lawrence inside of a U-Haul truck parked just down the road on Kimwood Drive from where the complaint came from, and police found another yard having been damaged by the truck doing donuts, and complaints of speeding up and down the road around 8 p.m. Monday.

According to the report, those who complained to police had no clue who the driver was or why Lawrence did donuts in their front yard.

When asked by police what he was doing there, Lawrence explained that he was waiting for his uncle to arrive at the Kimwood Drive residence where police found him, and when they checked his license found it was suspended and that “it stated that the reason for suspension was a mandatory suspension.”

Police tried to make contact with Lawrence’s uncle and his parents to no avail.

When police tried to take Lawrence into custody, he turned as if he was going to grab something out of the trunk and an officer used his Taser to keep him under control since he might have been reaching for a weapon. Police struggled with Lawrence but finally got him cuffed, and had him checked by Redmond EMS before being taken to jail.

Lawrence was reported to become combative again with officers while EMS was on the scene, and was placed back on the ground by officers and ultimately taken to Polk Medical Center and cleared for booking in the Polk County Jail.

That’s where Lawrence has remained since Monday on a $5,000 bond. He was charged with misdemeanors for driving while his license suspended or revoked and three counts obstruction of law enforcement officers. He also faces a felony charge of probation violation as well.

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