MELBOURNE, FL - June 26, 2020 - According to an online news report posted on FloridaToday.com, a naked adult male high on LSD was arrested. The news story alleges that the "tripping" man allegedly struck a Melbourne police officer in downtown Melbourne, Florida. The incident occurred on Friday. Law enforcement was called, and callers reported that a naked adult male was walking around downtown Melbourne. The man allegedly attacked two other people; one was a Melbourne police officer. The 41-year-old man was charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and exposure of sexual organs. The man has already been released from the Brevard County Jail after posting his bail bond.
Melbourne police officers arrived at New Haven Avenue close to Off the Traxx. According to police reports, the Melbourne police officers arrived on the scene and found the suspect who had several cuts on his naked body and may have also sustained a head injury. According to the news article, as the Melbourne police officers attempted to arrest the suspect and take him into custody, the man hit one of the Melbourne police officers in the officer's face. The Melbourne police officers then successfully restrained the man and transported the man to a local hospital where the man reportedly stated that he had used LSD earlier that day. According to the man's arrest report, a different man appeared before the police officers and told the police officers that the suspect slapped him as the victim was walking passed the naked man on the street earlier that day.
The suspect was arrested and has been charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest without violence. The suspect was detained at the Alachua County jail until the man was able to be discharged. The news story did not disclose the bail amount.
Resisting an Officer Without Violence Charges in Florida
In the State of Florida, a charge of "Resisting an Officer Without Violence" happens when someone, without violence, obstructs a law enforcement officer when the law enforcement officer is performing his or her legal duty, including arrest. Resisting an Officer Without Violence is a first-degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida. If the defendant is convicted of the crime of Resisting an Officer Without Violence Charges in Florida, the defendant faces some severe penalties such as up to 1 year in jail or 12-months on probation, plus a $1,000 fine.
In Florida, a criminal charge of assault is ordinarily a second-degree misdemeanor. If found guilty of second-degree assault, the defendant could face punishments such as a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.