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Police Use Mace, Taser During Maurice Clarett Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police in Columbus, Ohio, said they used Mace and a Taser gun to arrest former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett Wednesday morning after they found an arsenal of weapons inside a sport utility vehicle he was driving.

Clarett was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. in a restaurant's parking lot off following a brief chase, police said.

Police said they spotted an SUV that was driving erratically along Brice Road and then followed it as it drove onto Interstate 70.

The SUV was then seen making a U-turn along the interstate. Officers said they placed stop-sticks on the road, but the SUV continued driving and exited along Brice Road.

Despite a flat tire, the vehicle then struck a police cruiser in a the parking lot of a Tee Jaye's Country Place restaurant, where Clarett was taken into custody, police said.

"I saw the car come over here in the Tee Jaye's lot and actually bump into the cruiser," said a witness, who requested anonymity. "He didn't want to stop."

Officers said Clarett, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was uncooperative and police used a Taser gun in hopes of subduing him. However, the Taser gun did not work on Clarett because he was wearing the vest, so officers used Mace on him, police said.

Police said they then found an arsenal of weapons inside the SUV, including a loaded assault rifle and handgun. A hatchet, clothing and an open bottle of vodka were also taken from the vehicle.

Police said that the SUV was registered to Clarett's uncle.

Clarett was scheduled to appear in court later on Wednesday for a status hearing regarding an aggravated robbery charge. He is scheduled to go on trial next Monday stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred early on New Year's Day outside a Columbus bar.


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