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An Ohio man was tasered and cuffed by police while telling them he ‘loved’ them after speeding away twice, claiming he had to pick up his wife and kids from the zoo.
Joseph Solinger, 36, of Pataskala – right outside of Columbus – was caught in traffic around 2pm on April 15 after an accident on State Route 750, right outside of the Columbus Zoo. As other drivers drove on the edge of the road to give officers space to work, Solinger drove quickly down the left lane after doing a U-turn right past the zoo’s exit, prompting an officer to stop him.
Bodycam footage shows Solinger driving a white Jeep Wrangler as the officer yells: ‘What are you doing? Pull over, stop.’
Solinger replies: ‘I’m not going to hurt anybody, I’m just trying to get to my wife and kids.’
The Deputy M. Jarvi, didn’t seem to care for the Ohioan’s response, saying: ‘Okay, and you think that trying to kill somebody is the way to do that?’
When he asked for his license, Solinger replies: ‘It’s not about me, it’s about them’ before pulling off, narrowly missing another state trooper as he slides between a cop car and an SUV. He pulls another U-turn, getting in line behind a bunch of cars right outside the exit for the zoo.
Joseph Solinger, 36, of Pataskala – right outside of Columbus – was caught in traffic around 2pm on April 15 after an accident on State Route 750, right outside of the Columbus Zoo when an officer pulled him over after he made a U-turn and sped through traffic
Solinger can be seen with his hands up as the officer asked for his driver’s license. Solinger replied that this wasn’t ‘about him,’ but rather his wife and kids who were reportedly at the zoo
The dad sped off, nearly hitting a state trooper as he squeezed his Jeep Wrangler between a cop car and an SUV
Officers scream for him to stop and to ‘watch out, don’t let him kill somebody.’
As officers approach his car – with one trooper inches away from the front bumper – Solinger takes off again, flooring it as he takes the curved exit at a high speed.
The bodycam footage cuts to the zoo, where they find the man walking through the large parking lot. A trooper in a yellow vest can be heard screaming: ‘Get on the ground.’
Jarvi, whose bodycam footage is being viewed, pulls out a taser, hitting Solinger in the back and causing him to fall straight back onto the ground.
The man seems shocked for a moment as officers scream for him to ‘get on his stomach.’
He eventually rolls onto his stomach but appears to try to get up, causing the officer in the yellow vest to grab his arm and start to handcuff him, asking: ‘What is wrong with you?’
He was later found in the Columbus Zoo’s parking lot, where officers tasered him
He fell flat on his back as officer’s screamed at him to roll onto his stomach
He wouldn’t tell officers why he was in a rush to get to his wife and kids, he only said he needed to ‘communicate’ with them
Solinger apologizes, but the officer just responds with a harsh: ‘No, it’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous, you almost hit a trooper.’
He replies that this is ‘about my wife and kids’ and requests a ‘medic,’ before telling the officers that he ‘loves’ them.
‘I love you guys, and I know you don’t mean to hurt me, okay,’ Solinger said. ‘I just need you guys to help me up.’
Both officers reply that he’s under arrest and won’t be helping him up and asked him: ‘Why didn’t you listen to us?’
Solinger once again reiterated that it ‘wasn’t about me, it was about my wife and kids.’
As officers begin to search his pockets for his ID, one replies: ‘Well now it’s about you.’
The dad requests again to be stood up and tells them he doesn’t have his driver’s license on him.
Officers inform him that he’s ‘going to jail’ and Solinger replies with a resounded: ‘No, I’m not. It’s nirvana, and I’m hurt, I’m not going to hurt you.’
Solinger did a second U-turn to get back near the zoo’s exit as officers tried to stop him again
The second time Delaware County deputies tried to stop him, he nearly hit a trooper
Solinger did not reveal to officers why he needed to get to his wife and children, besides to ‘communicate’ and demanded that officers help him. Officers told him that ‘was not going to happen.’
‘Well, it is though, because you’re going to help me and I love you,’ he responded as he wiggled his legs. ‘It’s not about you now, there’s a time for that, but right now I just need to get back up.’ He also requests to be uncuffed.
As the footage cuts off, officers move to let him sit on the curb, but do not take his cuffs off.
Solinger has since been charged with failure to comply, inducing panic, misconduct at an emergency, driving while under the influence, reckless operation, resisting arrest, and obstructing official, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said.
It is unclear if he was under the influence at the time. The Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com on Friday that the toxicology has not yet to come back.
He was arraigned on Monday and his bond is set at $25,000.