Deputy Rey Davalos (second from left) stopped a fleeing suspect with his taser gun.
Man Allegedly Exposes Himself, Then Evades Police, LIVINGSTON, October 13, 2013 - Shortly after 3 pm on October 13, 2013, a call was placed to the Livingston Police Department. The call came from Holiday Inn in Livingston to report a man who reportedly exposed himself to a female worker at the hotel (allegedly outside his room). Officer Kevin Ward with the Livingston Police Department was dispatched to the scene. As Ward arrived and got out of his car, the man, George Louis Leonard, Jr., 52, of Spring, jumped in his car. As Officer Ward approached Leonard's car, Leonard put his car in reverse striking the arm of Ward. Ward had ordered Leonard to stop, but Leonard ignored his command. A chase ensued south on Pan American (Business 59) and proceeded onto Highway 59 South into Goodrich. The chase was called off somewhere around the Goodrich truckstop. Officers with Livingston PD and Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office remained in the area keeping an eye out for the possible reappearance of Leonard. Less than 20 minutes later, Leonard's vehicle was spotted by Deputy Kenneth Fletcher with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Fletcher spotted the greed Pontiac Grand Am on King's Row Road (near the bowling alley) and attempted to stop the vehicle, once again, Leonard opted to evade, as Leonard was pulling away from King's Row Road and towards 59 North, Deputy Rey Davalos was approaching, Leonard swerved directly into Davalos' patrol unit just short of 59 (north-bound lanes). Davalos exited his vehicle and looked into Leonard's vehicle (Leonard's passenger side window was broken out). Davalos observed Leonard trying to put his vehicle into reverse and ordered Leonard to stop, Leonard, ONCE AGAIN, ignored Davalos' lawful order. Out of concern for the safety of all parties involved, Davalos pulled out his taser gun and tased Leonard, Leonard continued to resist, and Davalos tased him again. Leonard was then removed from his vehicle and cuffed by Officer Adam Williford with Livingston PD.
As standard protocol, when a suspect is tased, a medical crew is summoned to examine the suspect (thus ensuring that the suspect hasn't been harmed). A crew from Americare Ambulance Service arrived, checked out Leonard and released him back to the officers. Leonard was loaded into a unit and take to Polk County Jail. George Louis Leonard, Jr. is more than likely facing multiple felony charges including assaulting a public servant.