Troopers use Taser twice during arson arrest

Troopers use Taser twice during arson arrest
Booking photo for Jesse Kelso, 19 of Vida

VIDA, Ore. -- State police arrested a 19-year-old at his Vida home early Sunday morning after they say he tried setting a bathroom on fire.

Officials said that troopers stunned the man twice with a stun gun when he tried to escape police custody.

Troopers responded to the house off the McKenzie Highway at around 3:15 a.m. Sunday after police dispatchers got a call reporting that Jesse Kelso, 19 of Vida, was "out of control".

The caller also told police the teen had started a fire in a bathroom.

A homeowner managed to extinguish the fire, however she burned her arms in the process. She received medical treatment from Vida Rural Fire when they arrived at the house.

The state troopers took Kelso into custody and placed him in the back of a patrol car shortly after they arrived on-scene.

Kelso then started kicking the rear windows of the patrol car, police officials said.

According to the police report, Kelso forced his way out of the patrol car when one of the troopers opened the rear door to stop him from kicking.

The troopers said they tried to catch the fleeing teen but he became violent when they tried restraining him.

After an unsuccessful attempt to get Kelso under control, officials said one of the troopers used his stun gun. The report said it had no effect on Kelso.

After anther short struggle the troopers stunned Kelso again. After the second stun they managed to restrain the teen.

Kelso was taken to the Lane County Jail after being medically cleared.

He was booked on multiple charges including first-degree arson, resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and reckless burning.

Both troopers had bumps, scrapes and bruises after the arrest. One  was treated at Sacred Heart at Riverbend for a broken hand.