Driver stopped in traffic assaults police officers who woke him up

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Officers ended up deploying a stun gun multiple times on a driver who was found asleep or unconscious behind the wheel on Thursday morning, the Northglenn Police Department said.

Officers went to check on a vehicle stalled in traffic on East 120th Avenue about 7 a.m., police said. They said the driver “appeared to be asleep or unconscious.”

When officers knocked on the window, the driver rolled it down but wouldn’t comply with other requests. The officers opened the door and there was a struggle, police said.

“The officer deployed his taser multiple times before he was able to control and apprehend the suspect,” police said. “The suspect was transported to an area hospital for treatment.”

Both officers suffered minor injuries. One officer was treated at an area hospital but was released.

Investigators said officers found a handgun and drugs in the vehicle.

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