Taser Hit Leaves Drug Suspect in Critical Condition

A Northwest Florida man is in critical condition after reportedly being tazed, as he tried to flee from authorities.

A routine traffic stop for a seatbelt infraction on Sunday evening turned into so much more for Houston County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Reichert and the suspect, 27-year-old Nicholas Cody.

Deputy Reichert noticed a small bag with a white substance; Cody attempted to flee when the taser was first fired.

"Deputy Reichert asked him about the bag; as a struggle ensued with the subject in the cab of the pickup truck, Deputy Reichert activated his taser at which time only one probe struck the suspect," said Sheriff Andy Hughes with Houston County.

At that point, Cody dove out of the truck and ran toward the Dollar General on Highway 231 with Deputy Reichert in pursuit. He then jumped a fence into the Tanglewood Apartments, and then the deputy redeployed the taser, this time both, prongs striking. During the struggle, Cody was hit with an additional charge.

After Cody went into respiratory arrest, Deputy Reichert , who is trained in CPR, along with another bystander, attempted to resuscitate the suspect with paramedics en route.

As of Monday, he is in critical condition in a Dothan hospital according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Hughes said, "I'm not satisfied that this came as a result of the taser. There have been deaths involving tasers across the country and most of the time, it's been shown to be from a pre existing medical condition or due to the fact that the subject had previously ingested cocaine."

The white powdery substance that Deputy Reichert first noticed in the cab of the car did test positive for the presence of cocaine. Currently, there is a warrant out for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

There are no current reports of what was or wasn’t in Cody’s system at the time of the incident on Sunday, but at last check, he was still listed in critical condition. He has two drug cases pending; one in Jackson County, Florida and one in Dothan, both involving possession of marijuana.


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  • by Shalonda Location: montgomery on Feb 28, 2010 at 09:42 PM
    Well, I miss my cousin. If you could have only met him. His spirit was so amazing. I cannot and will not believe this sheriff. & for the person stating about drugs in his system, my cousin was sickly and was on medication. Some people should do homework before they post comments about people. Anyway R.I.P Nick. We will always love you.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    I read nothing about alcohol or being under the influence. Maybe if he had used a gun the guy would be in better shape. About the cocaine thats what the officer says I dont even beleive that but it would make it look better for the officer. He couldn't get on the ground after he was tased the first time the article i read said he was sitting in the cab of a truck(Or did You not understand that part). No one has proven that thhis guy had anything in his system and I dont think running a 1/4 of a mile stopped his heart but I beleive the taser did.
  • by Lindsey Location: Dothan on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    For all of you that say tasing the guy 3 times is inhumane: Do you and your children live in the apartment complex near where this took place? He did test positive for drugs remember! Anything could've happened to you or your children if he hadn't been stopped! A person under the influence of alcohol is hard enough to reason with let alone cocaine! For the comment about Officer Reichert using the taser b/c he was tired and hot; wouldn't it have been easier to use a gun? Now that would've been inhumane don't you think. I don't think the taser is to blame for this man's condition. Reguardless, he shouldn't have run. Once he got tased the first time he should've gotten on the ground. None of you know what happened other that the 15 seconds of video you've seen and that didn't show much. Maybe it wasn't the taser...maybe it was a combination of the cocaine and the rush from running from the law that stopped his heart!
  • by Dreamweaver Location: Dothan on Jun 18, 2008 at 09:54 PM
    I don't understand why the deputy tased him the first time ,but you must remember that it was very hot on Sunday and he had to leave his nice air conditioned car and chase the bad guy , so he was working up a good sweat and getting his new uniform all wet and stinky, and maybe the deputy got a little angry and had to keep shooting because he couldn't catch him .It really doesn't matter what happened ,the law is right and the perp is wrong .I just don't believe you should keep tazing someone that isn't a threat to you .You have his vehicle , go to his home and wait for him .He'll show up sooner or later .
  • by bemused on Jun 17, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    Fascinating. Marie there has the fellow all tried, convicted and sentenced. So much for the legal system, She's all up for travelling goon squads. The Sheriff seems to think that it cant be the stun gun that caused it.....cause? Well. Just cause. That's why. In the end the company that made the weapon will step in and do whatever it takes to protect it's stock option.
  • by No Name Location: Hartford on Jun 17, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    ok the man was in his truck and got tased well i would have ran too., i beleive in justice but come on now, if i was the man when i got out of the hospital if he does then could you say law suit!!! of yes i would call me a lawyer for sure. i would for 1 ask for the officers to lose there job and it be put on there record, then my medical be payed, then yes he could stand trail for his crimes as well.
  • by sondra Location: NC on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    THE WHOLE THING THAT HAPPENED IS A DISASTER. WHY WAS HE TAZERED IN TO BEGIN WITH. AFTER THE OTHER TWO COPS GOT TO HIM PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO BELIEVE THAT TWO DEPUTYS COULDNT HANDLE ONE MAN. I AM NOT DEFENDING THE SUSPECT NOR THE LAW, APPARENTLY THERE WAS NO GUN DRAWN BY MR. CODY SO THERE WASNT ANY DEADLY THREAT TO THE DEPUTYS. CHASE HIM AND HANDLE HIM LIKE THEY WERE TRAINED TO DO. NOT TAZER THE MAN TO DEATH, BECAUSE THAT IS JUST WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. EVEN IF HE HAD A RECORD OR WARRANT THAT IS NOT A DEPUTY'S PLACE TO ISSUE PUNISHMENT FOR ANY OF HIS WRONGDOINGS. GOD DONT UGLY AND HE SEES ALL!
  • by cynthia Location: marianna on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    I saw the video he seemed to be cooperative in pulling the vehicle over. I cant understand why you would tase someone while they are sitting in the cab of a truck. Read the story he was tased then he ran shouldn't it be the other way around. I don't believe the police story. The guy definitely had a bad record and a drug hhistory therefore I dont believe he pulled over with cocaine hanging out of his pocket come on yall that sounds fishy. I believe the police is trying to justify his excessive behavior. Tasing him 3 time is inhumane.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    If I pulled over for a dothan police officer and they began tasing me before I could even get out of the vehicle I woul probaly run like hell, because god knows when i do get out they are going to kill me like they did
  • by Marie Location: Dothan on Jun 17, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    Someone needs to re-read the story and also you need to look at the video.After the first time he jumped out of the window and ran. You also do not know what all he did prior to being caught. According to other media articles, he has an extensive criminal history with drug charges. So maybe you should re-think what you wrote and by the way, ALL law enforcement KNOW what it feels like and how to properly use the taser.
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