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Man Tased, Arrested After Punching CHP Officer At State Capitol

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — CHP officers had to use a stun gun to subdue a man who allegedly threw a punch at them only minutes after demanding to see the governor.

“When they asked him to leave, he turned and punched one of the officers in the eye,” said CHP Sgt. Rick Campbell.

It was a simple request, but one that the man didn’t like.

“He was getting aggressive and said, “I want to see the governor. I want to see the governor,” said Erasto Teran, a man who witnessed the scuffle.

Teran says he saw it all. He was standing in front of the in the security line.

“All the other security, they were running to help the other ones, you know,” said Teran.

Officers eventually brought Eric Ball, 38, down with a Taser.

It’s the third time Ball was spotted at the capitol.

“He was at the capitol yesterday,” said Sgt. Campbell.

Officers say the man walked around the capitol and left without any problems yesterday. But a week ago, they say had to escort him out.

“He was yelling incoherently outside the governor’s door,” said Sgt. Campbell.

Ball was taken by ambulance to UC Davis medical Center. His scuffle was caught on capitol security cameras right outside the CHP office doors.

Court records show that officers arrested him for battery and resisting arrest before.

If you’re thinking of forcing your way into the governor’s office, Sgt. Ball says think again.

“You usually lose that battle,” he said.

Ball is facing charges of felony resisting arrest and felony battery on a peace officer.

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