UVA Lacrosse Player Previously Tasered by Lexington Police

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

According to police, the University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murdering Yeardley Love was involved in another violent incident with Lexington police.

Just 18 months ago, George Huguely was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest in Lexington. Officers said it started with a fraternity party at Phi Kappa Sigma and ended with Huguely in the back of a squad car.

Police say Officer R. L. Moss noticed an intoxicated Huguely stumbling across this street into oncoming traffic.

"Officer Moss indicated that Mr. Huguely appeared to be inebriated," says Lexington Police Chief A. S. Thomas.

However, when Moss attempted to place Huguely under arrest, he resisted.

"He became agitated, combative and physically resisted arrest," says Thomas.

Huguely then yelled racial and sexual obscenities at Moss and continued to resist arrest, which made it difficult for Moss to cuff him.

"She's a very petite officer, and he's a stout gentleman, and during the course of the struggle, she actually deployed her Taser to gain control over the subject," explains Thomas.

Lexington officers are instructed to use their Tasers instead of physical force, but Thomas says such devices are more for show and very rarely used.

He explains, "It does not happen very often at all in this town."

According to a police statement, Huguely even threatened to kill Moss at one point and resisted even after being cuffed and Tasered.

"During the course of the arrest, she actually radioed to another officer that was in the area that was on another call and asked for assistance in getting control of the subject," says Thomas.

The two officers managed to place Huguely in the squad car, but police said he still struggled and fought as they pulled away.

According to police documents, Huguely later said he could remember very little from that night. In fact, he claimed he could not even recall that the officer who arrested him was a woman.

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