Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
On Tuesday, an impaired pedestrian attempting to cross US-101 directly into heavy traffic was ultimately apprehended by CHP officers following an Electronic Control Device, or Taser, deployment.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., two CHP officers assisting with traffic control for the Safety Corridor resurfacing project observed a male subject, later identified as 24-year-old Cory Adam Owsley of Arcata, walking northbound along the southbound shoulder of US-101 between Eureka and Indianola Cutoff. US-101 Northbound at this location was reduced to one lane of traffic for highway maintenance work, resulting in increased traffic congestion. The officers observed Owsley attempting to cross the highway at this location, which was unfit for pedestrian crossing due to the construction zone, evening hours, and heavy traffic congestion. A CHP officer met up with Owsley on the west shoulder of the southbound lanes and advised him not to cross.
The Electronic Control Device continues to be an effective apprehension method that reduces injuries to the suspect as well as the public while giving officers the ability to apprehend subjects that would otherwise cause harm to themselves or others.