Police end birthday boy’s party with taser
CHICKASHA, Okla. - One Oklahoma man’s trip to McDonald’s on his birthday landed him in jail.
Police said 28-year-old Larry James Crawford was in the drive through, belligerent and cursing at the employees, because he said he thought his order was taking too long.
That simple order turned into a scuffle with police and the birthday celebration ended with the birthday boy being tased.
“Apparently he didn’t get his food fast enough,” Chickasha Police Major Elip Moore said. “I guess they were still working on his order but it wasn’t fast enough for him. So he was yelling obscenities.”
Police said Crawford got out of the vehicle and began yelling at McDonald’s employees.
Crawford is in jail; his mother had a different view of what happened that night.
“I guess you can’t even go have a designated driver and go out and have some beer and play some pool on your 28th birthday,” she said.
Police said an officer drove by and noticed Crawford cursing and approached him.
“The subject made the statement that he was going to fight and we better bring an army,” Moore said.
The officer called for back up.
“The subject refused the officers commands and actually resisted the efforts of the officers to have him step out of the vehicle,” Moore said. “He grabbed the seat belt and punched one of the officers in the chest.”
Officers said they had to tase Crawford and finally dragged him out of the vehicle.
After a brief struggle in the parking lot, they took him into custody, a move his mother said could seriously affect her son because he already suffers from seizures.
“I’m afraid for his life,” she said. “I don’t care if they want to put him in the pen but I do want his life and I do want him to come out of there intact.”
Crawford’s mother said her son waited 35 minutes for his drive thru order.
Crawford is facing numerous charges.