A 27-year-old Plant City man faces charges of trying to push a Hernando deputy into traffic as he was arrested on drug charges, authorities said.
Jason Matthew Brock was charged with resisting arrest with violence and possession of methamphetamine and was being held in the Hernando County Detention Center on $7,000 bond, according to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy responded to a suspicious person on Interstate 75 at mile marker 304 and found Brock outside of his car. Brock told the deputy his battery was dead, according to the report.
The deputy learned that Brock’s license was suspended, but Brock told the deputy he wasn’t driving, according to the report. Brock seemed jumpy and would not stop fidgeting around in his pockets, according to the deputy.
The deputy walked around Brock’s car and noticed a pill bottle with a clear, plastic baggy that appeared to contain a broken glass-like substance in the back seat, the report said.
Brock gave the deputy permission to remove the pill bottle but then became irate when asked what was inside the plastic bag, the deputy said.
The deputy placed Brock in handcuffs and leaned him against his patrol car as he attempted to search his pockets, according to the report. Brock tensed up with both arms and pushed the deputy backwards into oncoming traffic, nearly causing him to get run over by a tractor-trailer, the report said.
The deputy regained control of Brock, who tried to kick the deputy several times and cursed at him, saying “You don’t have any case. ... So what if my pill bottles with my drugs in it. The judge will let me off and a jury of my peers will make you look like an (explicative) idiot,” according to the report.
Brock was put into the patrol car, where he unbuckled himself from a seat belt and banged his head against the rear window several times before eventually calming down, the report said.
The substance in the plastic bag tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed .6 grams, the deputy said. The bottle also contained 8 1⁄2 Zanax tablets and two Lithiumcarbonate tablets, according to the report.