By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A man who told police he was staying at the Landmark Inn was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after being zapped with a Taser in the front parking lot of the Shang Hai Restaurant.
Sgt. Mike Finogle said police were called to the restaurant because David McLaughlin, no age given, was "acting out" and had refused to pay for his meal.
When the first responding officer arrived, Finogle said McLaughlin allegedly took a swing at the officer and knocked off her glasses.
He was subdued with a Taser and handcuffed.
As he was waiting for an ambulance to take him to Lakes Region General Hospital, McLaughlin was sitting in the parking lot, his hands cuffed behind him and surrounded by two Belknap County Sheriff's deputies who assisted city police.
On the ground in front of him was a partially consumed 1.75-liter bottle of Popov vodka and some ear buds. Officers were also examining a prescription bottle of pills they found on him.
Finogle said he wasn't sure what charges would be filed against McLaughlin but said they could possibly include assault on a police officer, theft of services and drinking in public. He said he did not know if the pills belonged to McLaughlin or what kind they were.
McLaughlin was able to walk with assistance to the ambulance.
The night supervisor said last night that the charges had not been finalized.
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