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Watch: Ark. man’s backpack erupts in flames after being tased by trooper

The trooper had deployed his TASER to subdue a suspect but hit the man’s gasoline-filled backpack instead, causing the explosion


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By Ashley Silver
Police1 Staff

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Video shows the moment a suspect’s backpack became engulfed in flames after a TASER was deployed by an Arkansas state trooper.

According to 40/29 News, the trooper attempted to pull over Christopher Gaylor, 38, as his motorcycle did not have a license plate. Gaylor refused to stop and attempted to elude officers, traveling at speeds up to 100 mph before hopping off his motorcycle and fleeing on foot.

The trooper deployed a TASER to subdue the suspect, but the shot caused Gaylor’s backpack to explode, hitting a gallon of gasoline Gaylor stashed in the bag.

40/29 News reported Gaylor is in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery. He will be charged with felony fleeing, failure to register a vehicle, no liability insurance, driving with a suspended license, and reckless driving.