Man arrested for multiple charges after running red light, assaulting officer

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Early Sunday morning, an officer saw a person violate a red light at 12th and O Street. 

27-year-old Reuben Nyakundi was driving a grey 2020 Toyota Rav4 when he violated a red light, and the officer conducted a traffic stop with the SUV and spoke with Nyakundi. 

Police say that Nyakundi refused to provide identification or paperwork for the SUV. He became argumentative and non-compliant with the officer. 

The release says that after several requests, the officer had asked Nyakundi to get out of the SUV until he could be identified. Where he then refused to get out of the vehicle, and the officer then attempted to take him into custody. 

Police say the officer requested the assistance of other officers as Nyakundi resisted efforts to be taken into custody. 

The release says that there was a struggle, during which, Nyakundi kicked the officer in the thighs and stomach as well as punched him in the eye. 

Authorities say that because of the aggressiveness and the danger presented, an officer used a taser to help get Nyakundi into custody. 

Police say they followed policy, so Nyakundi was treated and released at a local hospital as a precaution following a taser exposure. 

Nyakundi was arrested for third-degree assault on a police officer, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, and disobeying traffic stop light. 

The release says that the officer injured suffered bruising and swelling from the assault, but he did not require medical treatment.