Update on incident involving a Collegedale Police officer using a stun gun on DoorDash delivery driver

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The incident involving Collegedale Police Officer Evan Driskill using a stun gun on delivery driver Delane Gordon occurred on March 10. Since then, new information has surfaced concerning the case from the perspective of the officer. 

According to an affidavit written by Driskill, Gordon was pulled over around 12:48 p.m. in an area near 5700 Tallant Road for going 59 mph in a 35 mph zone. Gordon claimed he had not been speeding and asked to see the radar, after which Driskill told him he would have to go to court, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states that Gordon became argumentative, and since Driskill’s portable radio had no signal, Collegedale Police Department (CPD) Chaplain Gangl, who happened to be in the patrol car at the time, requested additional units using the in-car radio.

In the document, Driskill disclosed his version of what happened after the video footage, which was being recorded on Gordon’s cell phone, ended. After Gordon was tased, Driskill wrote that he was again asked to exit the vehicle.

“When he refused, I once again ordered him to exit the vehicle or he would be tased again. He stepped out of the vehicle, and I assisted him to the ground,” the affidavit stated.

Driskill then handcuffed Gordon, who was hesitant to put his hands behind his back, according to the affidavit. After helping him sit up, Driskill noticed that vehicles had stopped due to what was happening.

“At this time, I was able to learn Mr. Gordon’s name. I also learned there were multiple motorists stopped in the roadway due to what was occurring,” the affidavit stated.

Soon after, CPD units, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived on the scene. After Gordon was cleared by EMS, he was taken to the CPD. He has been charged with speeding, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to the affidavit.

In a press release dated March 18, Gordon’s attorney Ryan Wheeler stated, “The video shows a traffic stop in which Delane Gordon, an unarmed DoorDash driver, in an affluent neighborhood who was only 300 yards from his destination to drop off food is pulled over for speeding.

“Mr. Gordon never believed he was speeding,” the press release stated. “He politely and repeatedly asked for a supervisor as he had been instructed to do whenever uncomfortable. This is an instruction that has been given by other law-enforcement agencies as a way of avoiding this type of violence that is unacceptable in our community.”

According to an interview with Wheeler conducted by News Channel 9, he said Gordon has no criminal history and was scared. The article also said Gordon was hoping to have a cordial conversation about why he was pulled over, but when things began escalating, he started recording with his cell phone. 

More details about the initial incident can be found in a previous Southern Accent article found in issue 18. The full video footage can also be found on the Southern Accent’s website.

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2 thoughts on “Update on incident involving a Collegedale Police officer using a stun gun on DoorDash delivery driver”

  1. Collegedale PD again throwing their weight around. They were awful when I was in school at Southern, and apparently remain awful to this day. They repeatedly abuse their power and position to threaten the members of this community. There are far too many members of the CPD and little to no proper oversight. I hope Mr. Gordon is okay and is provided the therapy he will need after this excessive abuse of power. I also hope he will either have all charges dropped or be cleared of any wrongdoing. Clearly Officer Driskill needs to be removed from any and all ability to serve a public role permanently, as he is nothing more than a power-tripping racist.

  2. Collegedale of have always been a joke. They don’t see action so they manufacture it. I’ve seen three cars pulling over an old lady. 🤡.

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