Officers fire Taser to stop naked man running through traffic

Officers fire Taser to stop naked man running through traffic »Play Video
An Oregon Department of Transportation camera captured the action as police subdued a naked man who was running through the streets. (Image courtesy ODOT)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Police officers said they had to fire Tasers and punch a naked man to subdue him during a foot chase in Southeast Portland on Thursday afternoon.

A police spokesman said 45-year-old Charles Auther Freeman was released from Portland Adventist Hospital on Thursday morning wearing only a hospital gown when he urinated in a bush then walked into a nearby business.

  • Click play on the "listen" button to hear police dispatch audio from the chase

Officers tried to escort him out, but Freeman tried to fight them and ran away, according to Lt. Robert King.

King said Freeman then tried to steal an occupied van. That’s when officers fired a Taser, but it had little effect.

One of the officers hurt his leg during the ensuing foot chase. When Freeman ran towards a homeless person, officers again fired Tasers, King said.

At some point during the chase Freeman’s gown fell off.

Three officers finally caught him at 97th and SE Stark. As they tried to handcuff him, Freeman grabbed an officer’s leg and wouldn’t let go, King said.

That’s when one of the officers struck Freeman so he would let go. Freeman let go after being hit and was cuffed.

Ultimately three officers were injured during the chase and Freeman was taken back to the hospital.

Kind said Freeman also fought with Gresham Police officers on Wednesday night. Officers think he was high on meth when he bit an officer’s finger during the altercation.

He was originally taken to Portland Adventist after that fight.

There’s no word exactly what charges Freeman will face.

Click play on the "listen" button to hear police dispatch audio from the chase