A southern New Jersey police officer has been charged with assault arising from an incident last summer in which he allegedly fired his Taser at a man operating an all-terrain vehicle, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.
Officer Tyquan McIntosh is charged with third-degree aggravated assault stemming from his pursuit of a man operating an unregistered ATV on a street in Chesilhurst in Camden County town last August, authorities said.
According to the criminal complaint, McIntosh approached when the vehicle stalled but the driver restarted the ATV and took off. Prosecutors allege that McIntosh, 28, of Minotola then fired his Taser, hitting the 23-year-old man in the back and causing him to flip the ATV.
The man was left with a concussion, a fractured collarbone and other injuries, authorities said. State guidelines prohibit police officers from firing conducted energy devices such as Tasers at moving vehicles, unless the use of deadly force would be authorized.
A message was left Tuesday with an attorney representing McIntosh.