Despite lower bail, Delco Taser victim still in jail

Posted: March 28, 2014

A judge in Delaware County drastically reduced bail Wednesday for a man who was charged with assaulting a police officer who had shot him with a Taser gun inside an ambulance right after, he said, he had suffered a seizure.

But even though bail was dropped from $100,000 to $15,000, Darren Scott, 48, of Upland, remained in jail because his wife, Precious, said she could not afford the $1,500 needed to free him.

A local pastor, Keith Collins, of the Church of the Overcomer, who attended the hearing, said he would look at trying to raise funds to get Scott out of jail.

"He needs medical attention," said Collins, adding the defendant has lost considerable weight since he was jailed after the March 12 incident.

"This case involved a medical issue that led to the charges," Enrique Latoison, the attorney who represented Scott before Magisterial District Judge Spencer Seaton, in Chester. "He is not a danger to the public."

The hearing was continued until next month.

On March 12, police and medics were called to Two Js sandwich shop, on Highland Avenue in Chester, to respond to a report of a man having a seizure. Witnesses interviewed said Scott was disoriented and uncooperative as he began to come around.

Once in the ambulance, police said, he became combative and kicked a medic and grabbed the officer. Scott was shot with a Taser at least twice, according to court documents.

Latoison said Scott needed surgery for a punctured lung and suffered compression fractures of his back.

"I think this whole case is unfair," said Precious Scott, his wife of 10 years.

"This case should offend the sensibilities of any free-thinking person," said Collins, adding that he believed Scott should have been freed on his own recognizance.

"He was buying a sandwich."

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