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Poacher resists arrest, Tazered and taken into custody

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By Beth Braden

DEERFIELD—A 23-year-old LaFollette man was arrested after Campbell County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of poaching in the Deerfield area.
Deputy Josh Vann had stopped a vehicle driven by Phillip Ray Johnson, 132 Sun Lane, LaFollette, to investigate complaints about deer poaching.
While Vann was assisting the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency in its investigation, Johnson became disorderly, according to reports.
“The defendant [was] cussing loudly, refusing to comply with the officer’s orders to calm down as there were small children and a female present,” Vann’s report said in part.
Johnson was then advised he was under arrest and continued swearing and wouldn’t give the officers his hands, the report said.
He was then tazered and taken into custody.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Calls to TWRA regarding the poaching incident were not returned as of press time.