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Brooksville man charged drunken incident on lawn mower, deputies say

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: February 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man was arrested on charges Saturday of lunging and tackling a woman to the ground after she removed keys from the riding lawn mower he was driving because he had been drinking all day.

Christopher A. Swanson, 51, of Pam Drive, was charged with one count of domestic battery, an arrest report shows.

The report states Swanson was in the backyard collecting firewood to take across the street to a friend's house for a bonfire and night of drinking.

The woman told deputies Swanson had been drinking all day prior to gathering the firewood and she didn't want him operating the riding lawn mower, the report shows.

The report states Swanson tried to drive around the woman and, at that time, she reached and removed the keys from the riding lawn mower.

The woman told deputies Swanson grabbed at her in an attempt to stop her from taking the keys, but failed, falling off the mower, according to the report.

Swanson then got up and lunged at the woman, tackling her to the ground, according to the report.

After wrestling a moment on the ground, Swanson recovered the keys, left on the lawnmower, and proceeded across the street, the report shows.

Deputies arrived and noted an inch-long cut on the woman's elbow, as well as other minor scratches on her upper leg, back, and arm, the report shows.

Deputies spoke with Swanson, who told them he was in the backyard gathering firewood when the woman attacked him, knocking him off the mower, according to the report.

Swanson told deputies the woman told him she was going to call the cops, and he told her that he was leaving, and "to do what she had to do."

Swanson also told the deputy his wife dangled the keys in front of him, and that is when he recovered the keys, the report shows.

Deputies determined Swanson as the primary aggressor, and he was taken to Hernando County Jail where he was held without bond, according to the report.

Jail records do not show Swanson being arrested in Hernando County in the past.

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