Truck driver punched police officer before being tased

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A truck driver from Louisiana was tased Tuesday night  after authorities said he punched a police officer in the face at a Middlesex Township truck stop.

According to police, Zachary Pender, 50, of Shreveport, is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct. Police say the officer was called around 8:47 p.m. to the Love’s Truck Stop along Route 11 for reports of an accident.

Once on scene, officers observed  Pender and another truck driver engaged in an argument. Both men were involved in the accident and were refusing to move their trucks, which was causing a backup with traffic along Harrisburg Pike.

Pender argued with the officer and later jumped on the other driver’s truck while engaging in “threatening behavior,” police said. The officer attempted to arrest Pender, when Pender punched the officer in the face.

The officer was then forced to  use the Taser on Pender, police said. Pender was taken into custody with the assistance of a deputy from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

The  officer involved in the incident suffered “a concussion, blunt trauma to the head and internal contusions,” police said. The officer was treated at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center and later released.

Pender is now in Cumberland County Prison in lieu  of $30,000 bail.

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