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72-year-old arrested after threatening sheriff's office

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A man who said he was going to sit in the Sheriff's Office parking lot with a gun and make deputies arrest him was arrested shortly afterward Wednesday at his home on charges of fleeing to elude an officer and resisting arre.

According to an arrest report, two deputies responded immediately to the residence of Thomas Kelly Sr., 72, of Sweet Gum Road. Kelly was not home at the time, the report shows, so one deputy remained in the area while the other left to respond to another call. Going south on Sunshine Grove Road in two separate patrol cars, one deputy noticed a gold pickup truck turn on Sweet Gum Road. It was being followed by a sergeant.

The sergeant activated his emergency lights and siren, according to the report. However, Kelly waved his hand out the window and did not stop.

About a half mile down the road, Kelly pulled through the open gated fence of his property and drove up to the front steps of his home. The report shows both deputies got out of their cars and ordered Kelly to stop.

The report states Kelly had a glass bottle under his arm and yelled at the deputies that he wanted to get inside his house and reached his hand into his pants pockets.

The deputies grabbed Kelly by the arms and pulled him off the front steps of his home, the report shows.

Kelly was placed on the ground in an attempt to avoid injuries, the deputy noted. However, Kelly continued to resist and he was eventually handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.

Kelly is being held at the Hernando County Jail on $3,000 bond.

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