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Cops Tased Me

In Front of My 4-Year-Old

8/17/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-lewis-jermaine-small-EXRetired NFL receiver Jermaine Lewis tells TMZ, he was NOT resisting arrest when police entered his home and tased him in front of his 4-year-old son on Monday -- after he allegedly went on a reckless joyride.

According to the Baltimore County Police report, 36-year-old Jermaine was accused of driving like a maniac -- swerving all over the place and even hitting a fire department sign in Reisterstown, MD ... without stopping.

According to the report, an officer showed up to the former Baltimore Raven's house soon after he had gotten home and attempted to place Jermaine under arrest for hit-and-run -- but the ex-NFL star allegedly resisted, so the officer tased him.

But now Jermaine is PISSED -- telling TMZ, "I never resisted arrest." Lewis says he was merely sitting on his couch when the officers resorted to using the taser.

What's worse -- Jermaine claims the officer callously whipped out the weapon in front his 4-year-old son ... telling us, his son "was very upset crying and my dog was barking."

Jermaine was released Tuesday on $50,000 bail. He's best known for his thrilling kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV.

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