'Lady Liberty' jailed in Fort Worth, accused of resisting arrest

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FORT WORTH -- Lady Liberty was apparently not acting very lady-like.

A 19-year-old man dressed as the Statue of Liberty to drum up work for a local tax business was shocked with a Taser and arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly refused orders to leave a roadway median, then resisted arrest.

Channing Dontray Gould of Fort Worth was wearing a light green robe and Statue of Liberty headdress when Fort Worth police Officer R.T. Greer spotted him dancing in the median of the 4800 block of North Tarrant Parkway about 2 p.m.

Noting that Gould was distracting the traffic flow, the officer told him three times over his patrol car's public address system to leave the median. Gould ignored the command, then waved him off, according to a police report.

Greer got out of his car and approached Gould, telling him several times that he needed to leave the median.

Gould replied that he was working, the report states.

"This is not your jurisdiction," Gould reportedly told the officer. "Get away from me."

After more unsuccessful attempts to persuade Gould that he could not work from the median, Greer told Gould he was under arrest for violating the city ordinance regarding distributing, selling or soliciting on median and traffic islands.

Gould refused to get into the patrol car, prompting Greer to call for backup and pull his Taser.

When help arrived, the officer tried to handcuff Gould but he resisted arrest, the report says.

Greer tried twice to shock Gould with his Taser. The first shock, to Gould's back, had no apparent effect, the report states.

After the second firing, in which the Taser's probes struck Gould in the forehead and below the left ear, officers were able to gain control and handcuff him, the report states.

He was taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital to be evaluated and have the Taser probes removed before being booked into jail.

He faces a charge of resisting arrest.

A manager at the nearby Liberty Tax Service, for whom Gould was working, declined to comment.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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