Alleged Meth Head Starts Fire on Sidewalk; Zapped With Taser Three Times Before Cops Could Get Cuffs on Him

If there's one thing 37-year-old alleged meth head Gerald Alfred Seyfried won't do, it's go quietly.

Seyfried got popped over the weekend after setting a fire on a sidewalk for no apparent reason. Rather than explain the situation to the arresting officers, he started a fight with them -- that only ended after he'd been Tasered...three times.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, Phoenix police officers were on patrol near 52nd Street and McDowell Road when they noticed a small fire burning behind a city bench. Parked in the street in front of the blaze was Seyfried's red Ford Mustang, which was still running, according to court records obtained by New Times.

Standing over the fire was Seyfried, who once he saw police, tried to stomp out the blaze. As officers approached him, though, he started backing away from the curious cops.

The officers told him to stop several times, but he refused.

"I didn't do anything," Seyfried told the cops while walking away from the fire he allegedly started.

One of the officers grabbed Seyfried's arm. Seyfried countered by pushing the officer to the ground -- and then going nuts.

The struggle between the officers and Seyfried went on for three minutes, and included three deployments of the officers' Taser into the back of the six-foot, 220 pound suspect.

Seyfried was finally taken into custody, and a search of his Mustang turned up two bags of crystal meth.

Seyfried was booked on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, one count of possession of a dangerous drug, and one count of reckless burning.