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HCSO: Man tased after fleeing deputy during traffic stop

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A Spring Hill man was arrested on multiple charges Monday evening after telling a sheriff's sergeant to shoot him during a traffic stop.

Clifford Zimmerman, 39, was driving down U.S. 19 in a Toyota Prius at 86 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to an arrest affidavit.

Sheriff's Sergeant Scott Lamia attempted to pull the man over, but Zimmerman turned on to Long Lake Avenue, then Clarita Street, the affidavit shows.

Zimmerman then stopped and exited his car, and told Lamia to shoot or kill him, the affidavit shows.

When Zimmerman refused to get on the ground, Lamia tased him in the back and took him into custody, according to the affidavit.

Zimmerman later said he didn't pull over because he has a warrant out for his arrest for violating his probation, the affidavit shows.

He was medically cleared before being booked at the jail.

Zimmerman was arrested on charges of resisting an officer without violence, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and violation of probation (original charge DUI with property damage). Bail was not set.

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