Cars are removed from the site of a crash Friday in Cobb County. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Driver in Cobb crash dies after cop deploys his Taser

A driver in a crash early Friday died after a Cobb County police officer used a Taser on him in a confrontation after the wreck, officials said.

The GBI and the Georgia State Patrol have joined the investigation of the crash and the “in-custody death,” Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a statement.

Just after 12:45 a.m., the driver of a white Dodge Caravan passed an officer “at a high rate of speed” while westbound on Roswell Road, according to the statement.

When the driver tried to enter the ramp from Roswell Road to South Marietta Parkway, he hit the rear of another vehicle in the curve, Pierce said

Officers responded, a brief struggle ensued and the man was arrested, according to police.

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“During the initial contact, the subject became combative and fought with officers,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a separate statement. “During the confrontation, one officer utilized his Taser. The subject became unresponsive.”

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he died, according to the GBI. Channel 2 Action News reported that the man was a Cobb County employee.

The man’s name was not released.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital for treatment. That person’s condition was not known. Several officers suffered minor injuries during the incident but didn’t need immediate medical attention, Miles said. 

GBI investigations are standard in use-of-force cases. The GSP will be investigating the crash.

The ramp from Roswell Road to South Marietta Parkway was closed until about 7:30 a.m.

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