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SWAR man trips as pants fall down during police chase

Michael Foster was being questioned by Texarkana, AR police before running away from them earlier this week. Michael Foster was being questioned by Texarkana, AR police before running away from them earlier this week.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A Texarkana, AR man was sent to the hospital earlier this week after he stumbled on his pants while running from police.

The two officers involved in the fray have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the state police, as it turns out, the man was injured when his pants fell down and tripped him up.

It all happened as Michael Foster started to run from police, who arrived to the scene to question a suspicious person. As a second officer got out of the cruiser, Foster allegedly began to run - but he didn't get far.

"You can see Mr. Foster engage in conversation with the first officer," said Captain Mark Lewis, referring to dash cam video of the exchange.

"He made it approximately 35 feet before his pants fell down just a little bit encumbering his knees when his clothing interfered with his ability to run that he fell face first into the roadway."

Foster ran out of camera view but the officers' microphone were still working when a struggle began.

"It is hard to breathe," was audible as a man screamed.

Lewis said officers had to use a chemical agent to get Foster under control. Although the video does not show the actual struggle, Lewis said the audio indicates the officers followed proper procedures.

"What you do not hear is officers striking and kicking Mr. Foster," Lewis said. "There is a conspicuous absence of repeated blows or strikes to Mr. Foster."

Lewis said the incident began around 2 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Senator and Grand streets. A resident called police saying someone was walking across their yard.

When the first officer arrived, police spotted Foster. He apparently ran because of warrants from another law enforcement agency, they said.

Foster was taken to a hospital but his condition now is unknown. He was also issued a summons to appear in court.

The area where Foster was arrested has been the location of a number of break-ins and burglaries, police said.

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