NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Albany County Sheriff’s Office shared dashboard camera video of an incident that resulted in a man being tased by a sheriff’s deputy.
A video of a man being tased by an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy has received over 10,000 views after being posted to Facebook, but the sheriff’s office said there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
Chris Dimmitt posted cell phone video to his Facebook page. It shows what happened during a traffic stop in the Town of New Scotland.
“I dare you to tase me,” Dimmitt says in the video.
“Get back in the car,” the deputy said.
“No, this is my home,” Dimmitt said. “I’m home. I’m good. I have no reason to get back in my car. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Authorities confirmed Dimmitt was the driver. He was pulled over by an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy. Things escalated less than four minutes into the video.
“Get on the ground,” the deputy says in the video. “You’re going to get tased.”
Dimmitt is then hit with the taser.
The traffic stop occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday on Krumkill Road. The sheriff’s deputy said he stopped Dimmitt for speeding.
But there’s also dashboard camera video of the traffic stop from the deputy’s cruiser. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said it tells the full story.
“This is the problem that people are posting all of these videos with 30 second, one minute glimpses of an incident that had a series of sequences leading up to that,” he said.
Apple said Dimmitt was not only speeding, but he was also drinking and driving.
“At first glance, it appears he followed our policies and procedures,” Apple explained. “You know, I understand that everyone has, unfortunately, a dislike toward law enforcement right now. But you still can’t be defiant and antagonistic when you’re at a vehicle stop.”
According to the police report, Dimmitt was arrested on multiple charges, including Speeding, Driving While Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest.
Dimmitt declined an interview because he had retained an attorney.