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Threat of taser stops fleeing Manatee County suspect in his tracks

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Parks, 22, suffered some cuts and scrapes during the incident. He is being held without bond at the Manatee County Jail. Parks, 22, suffered some cuts and scrapes during the incident. He is being held without bond at the Manatee County Jail.

A 22-year-old Bradenton man already on felony probation attempted to flee a traffic stop early Sunday but eventually surrendered after a deputy pulled out his taser.

Anthony Tobias Parks was booked into the Manatee County Jail for violating the terms of his probation and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held without bond.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Kay Rd. just after 2 a.m. One of the deputies began talking with Parks – a passenger in the vehicle – who identified himself as Toby T. Parks.

When the deputy ran his name with dispatch he was advised of a possible warrant for the suspect. After establishing that the passenger’s real name was Anthony Tobias Parks – the name on the warrant – the deputy went to arrest him.

Parks however, had other ideas and attempted to flee on foot. As the suspect jumped over a nearby metal railing a deputy deployed his taser but missed Parks. The suspect continued to run as the deputy reloaded another cartridge into his taser.

The deputy warned Parks who stopped running, lay down on a nearby patch of grass and was taken into custody. The suspect suffered several minor cuts and abrasions and was treated by emergency service personnel at the scene.

Parks has an extensive criminal history in Manatee County for mostly drug-related offenses. He was convicted in 2012 of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and placed on probation.

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