A drunk Kiana man arrested Sunday and put on a plane out of town kicked the pilot, smashed his own head against a window and was subdued with an electroshock device, Alaska State Troopers said.
According to a charging document, it started Sunday night when a public safety officer in the Northwest Alaska village saw Shaun Johnson, 34, grab his girlfriend's jacket and shove her to the ground several times. The officer arrested Johnson after fighting with him for a few minutes, the charges say. About an hour later, two troopers from Kotzebue showed up to take Johnson back to court.
Johnson fought with the troopers too at the jail, refusing to wear shoes. During the drive by four wheeler to the village airport, Johnson started kicking and the troopers put Johnson on the ground for a time until he calmed down, trooper Gordon Young wrote in the charging document.
"While Shaun was sitting on the ground, he stated directly to me, 'What's his name should have shot you, I'm going to ... kill you, they should have killed you ...,' " Young wrote in the charges.
The troopers put Johnson in the plane, a chartered Cessna 206 with three other prisoners, and took off headed for Kotzebue, a troopers spokeswoman said. They were airborne when Johnson tried to open a door to the cockpit, then slammed his head repeatedly into a window, trying to break it, the charges say. Worried Johnson would cause the plane to crash, the troopers shocked him with a Taser until he stopped fighting, according to the charging document.
About 25 minutes into the flight, as they were about to descend, Johnson lashed out again, kicking at the pilot and pilot's seat, Trooper Gordon Young wrote in the charging document.
"(We were) in fear of the plane crashing again and had to restrain Shaun with a Taser and restrain his legs and body for the duration of the flight," Young wrote. "Shaun again told me I needed to die."
Young said struggling with the combative man injured the trooper's back.
At the Kotzebue jail, Johnson registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.222. The legal limit to drive is 0.08.
Johnson faces charges of disorderly conduct, assault of a police officer and assault.
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