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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Ridgewood man wearing only a cowboy hat and wielding a bottle was tasered by police after he charged officers investigating a neighborhood burglary, witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Officers responding to a 9:30 a.m. report of an Olivia Street burglary in which two teens were at home spotted evacuated the house but found no intruders.

A short time later however, they spotted Craig D. Andrews, 48, coming down the street at them carrying a glass beer bottle and a bag and yelling, Police Chief John Ward said.

Officers ordered him to stop, but he continued advancing on them and residents, so they tasered Andrews under the New Jersey Attorney General’s Use of Force guidelines, the chief said.

Witnesses on the block told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that Andrews, after recovering, appeared to sustain a seizure.

He was taken by ambulance to the Valley Hospital, where a source with direct knowledge of his condition said he remained this evening.

Andrews posted $40,000 bail and was released pending a court hearing on charges of with burglary, criminal trespass, obstruction, drug possession and lewdness.

Andrews has a criminal history that includes a March 2010 drug arrest after police said they found him standing in the middle of East Glen and North Maple Avenues screaming that he was God.

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