November 09, 2011
A spot on Fresno Pacific University's basketball team wasn't all Lenny Young lost on Monday night.
Young also somehow lost his clothes and all sense of decorum in the process.
The same night that Fresno Pacific coach Chris Wright dismissed Young from the team for a violation of team standards, the 6-foot-2 Coppin State transfer went on a naked rampage near the NAIA school's campus. The Fresno Bee reports that Young ran naked through a gas station parking lot, knocked a woman to the ground, tried to steal a police car and withstood three Taser strikes from the police officer trying to stop him before being subdued.
At about 11:30 p.m. on Monday night, a police officer spotted a naked man who appeared intoxicated running through the streets and pounding his fists on the hood of cars and on the bullet-proof glass at the gas station convenience store. From there the account that the police gave to the Bee only gets more bizarre.
As officer Brian Sturgeon was getting his dog, Jack, out of his police car, Young ran up to him. Sturgeon pushed Young back, but Young got in the front seat and put the car in drive.
Sturgeon and Young grappled, and Jack bit Young on his thigh. Young hit the dog as he tried to drive off. Sturgeon and Jack were only partially in the car as they tried to stop Young.
Sturgeon managed to put a foot on the brake pedal, but Young drove the car at about 10 mph across the street. It came to a stop at the gas station.
Officers tried to pull Young from the car. Officer Zack Chastain shot his Taser at Young, but it had no effect. He tried twice more, but he could not slow Young.
Only after officers delivered a blow to Young's wrist with a flashlight could they loosen his grip on the steering wheel sufficiently to pull him from the car and handcuff him. He was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, resisting arrest, vandalism, harming a police dog and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Athletic director Dennis Janzen said in a statement that he is "extremely concerned" and "very saddened" by Young's behavior. The Philadelphia native had been doing well on the court and in the classroom prior to this incident, according to school officials.
It's easy to chuckle at the outlandish circumstance of Young's arrest, but this is also clearly someone who is in need of help. Hopefully he gets it because a second incident like this one could wind up in someone getting hurt.