UPDATE: Arrestee tasered in ‘altercation’ early Monday

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Breeya Lynn Moritz, 18, of 605 Second Ave. S.W., Oelwein, was tasered when she resisted arrest early Monday in downtown Perry. Moritz was charged with first-offense possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, fourth-degree criminal mischief and interference with official acts causing bodily injury.


An Oelwein woman was transported by the Dallas County EMS from the Perry Police Department to the Dallas County Hospital about 2:45 a.m. Monday.

An Oelwein woman was arrested after being tasered early Monday during an “altercation” in which she sought to flee from Perry Police Department officers.

Breeya Lynn Moritz, 18, of Oelwein was charged in the incident with first-offense possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, fourth-degree criminal mischief and interference with official acts causing bodily injury.

The incident began when patrolling officers of the Perry Police Department saw two suspicious persons in the alley behind the Wells Fargo bank in the 1200 block of First Avenue. One of the persons was Moritz.

When the officers attempted to make contact with the persons, Moritz “ran away, and when they caught up with her, she fought with them,” said a department spokesperson. One of the officers deployed a Taser in order to subdue the suspect.

The Dallas County EMS was paged to the scene about 2:30 a.m. in order to remove the prongs of the Taser and to assess the Moritz’s condition. She was transported by ambulance to the Dallas County Hospital about 2:45 a.m. from the Perry Police Department at 908 Willis Ave.

The other suspicious person, a 17-year-old male from Perry, was issued a citation for curfew violation.

The Perry Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s office and Dallas County EMS responded to the incident.

An unrelated medical emergency involving air ambulance transportation from the Dallas County Hospital occurred simultaneously.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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