According to WANE-TV, former UFC heavyweight fighter Dave Herman was arrested on three felony counts and tazed by police during a traffic stop in Ashley, Indiana early Tuesday morning. The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department claims that Herman led them on a high-speed chase before aggressively confronting them. Herman was charged with the felonies resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery against law enforcement, and neglect of a dependent, along with a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.
However, his wife Madeleine Herman, a former intern for the Adam Kokesh talk show Adam Vs. the Man, says that police had it all wrong and that her husband was not running from the cops, but was looking for a safe place to pull over his malfunctioning vehicle. She provided video of the incident, seen above and originally posted on Adam Kokesh’ YouTube channel, which shows that Herman was merely asking police to show identification, rather than committing battery against them, when the stun gun was deployed on him.
She also provided further details describing her side of the story in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. According to Madeleine Herman, the incident began when Dave Herman, with his wife and infant son in the truck, began experiencing a vehicle malfunction that he felt might have stemmed from the truck’s alternator, putting it at risk of being unable to recharge the truck’s battery if it were stopped. Said Madeleine Herman, “Dave, our son, and I were traveling south on I-69, through Dekalb County, when we began experiencing car troubles. Dave put the hazard lights on and knew that, whatever the issue was, we only had a limited amount of time before the battery went out and we were left stranded on the side of the road in freezing temps. We continued driving, hoping to end up somewhere near civilization when this occurred. After a couple minutes, a police officer began following us and threw his lights on. Still in BFE, and freezing, we continued driving and looking for the nearest safe, well-lit area (which is what Indiana driver’s training instructs you to do when you are being pulled over). They said that we drove an extra three miles — I’d call it one to one-and-a-half, but whatever.”
The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department painted a completely different picture of Herman, one in which he led officers on a high-speed chase before aggressively confronting and committing battery against them. A police report of the incident, obtained by the mixed martial arts site MMA Mania, said, “Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver, David Herman, refused to stop and led Officers in a 2 ½ -3 mile pursuit. David Herman exited the 334 mile marker exit and drove west on US Highway 6 before stopping at a gas station. David exited his vehicle and approached Officers in an aggressive manner. David was given multiple warnings to get on the ground and failed to comply. David had to be tazed in order to be taken into custody. An infant and adult female were also present in the vehicle.” The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department’s report does not specifically claim that Herman had to be tazed because he was a threat to police, but instead that the stun gun was deployed as a labor-saving device to enable officers to take him into custody.
Madeleine Herman told BenSwann.com, “Upon reaching the gas station, Dave, uncomfortable with armed men approaching the vehicle our son was a passenger in, stepped out, and asked if there was something he could help them with. The police officers immediately drew their weapons on him, began yelling for him to put his hands up. Dave put his hands up and requested that they identify themselves. They replied with more yells of ‘hands up’ and ‘down on your knees.’ Dave again requested for the officers to provide identification, per Indiana state law. They continued their yells of ‘down on your knees, hands up, or we will taze you.’ Dave made another peaceful request for identification. They then tazed and cuffed him.” Those moments can be seen in the above-embedded video.
She said officers then left her and her infant son behind in the cold without a ride, as their truck was no longer operational following the stop. “They kidnapped Dave and left me and our infant son in a broken down truck to wait for a ride.” The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department itself posted a winter weather warning earlier that day which was in effect at the time of the traffic stop and charged Dave Herman with neglecting his infant son before reportedly leaving the same child behind in the cold without an operational vehicle.
Madeleine Herman said that Dave Herman has yet to be arraigned due to a holdup at the prosecutor’s office and that his bail has not yet been set. She said that prosecutors admitted that they are giving Herman unusually harsh treatment because they do not like his personality, “The prosecutors office refused to give out any information. After some persistent and concerned family members continued calling, one lady finally snapped and said, ‘We don’t owe you anything and don’t appreciate his sense of humor, so we will be holding him with out bail or arraignment the full 48 hours before we submit our paperwork.'”