A Niles man faces charges after Brookfield Police say they had to chase him and use a Taser on him after he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol three times the legal limit.

Investigating several calls that a red car was repeatedly stopping and going into reverse along Route 62 Wednesday evening, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino tried to arrest 27-year-old Brandon Cramer, whose car had stopped along Route 82 near Addison Road.

Chief Faustino said smoke was pouring from the car, which had been traveling with a flat tire.

As other officers arrived, police say Cramer struggled with Faustino, attempting to escape by jumping over a guardrail toward a wooded area.

One of the officers fired a Taser at Cramer, bringing him to the ground where he was handcuffed.

In addition to finding a spilled bucket of Fireball shots on the seat of the car, police also confiscated a locked safe that officers say smelled like marijuana.

Once at a hospital, a blood sample taken from Cramer showed a blood alcohol concentration of .241, which is three times the legal intoxication limit of .08.  Police say Cramer’s blood also tested positive for THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, a chemical that causes the “high” in marijuana.

Cramer refused to open the safe, according to police, and claimed he only had two drinks.

Bond for Cramer was set at $3,500 after he pleaded “not guilty” on Thursday to charges of resisting arrest, menacing, DUI, failing to stop after an accident, and traveling at an unreasonably slow speed.

Another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Trumbull County Eastern District Court.