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Spring Hill man pepper sprayed, charged with pot possession

Hernando Today staff reports

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SPRING HILL - After several attempts to push him into a patrol car and the use of pepper spray, a Spring Hill man was arrested Friday on charges of knowingly driving with a suspended license with more than 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

Hernando County deputies were informed by confidential sources that John Everett Carr Jr., 32, was selling marijuana.

Prior to conducting surveillance at Jiffy Food Store at 4132 Deltona Blvd., a deputy verified Carr's license had been suspended in December for failure to pay child support and canceled in January for driving with an expired license, an arrest report shows.

While conducting surveillance, the deputy watched Carr walk from the front of the store to a white Ford pickup, and drive from the parking lot onto Bay Drive.

The deputy followed Carr north onto Deltona Boulevard, and activated his emergency lights and sirens at the intersection of Regatta Circle.

The deputy wrote in the arrest report that Carr looked at him from his side view mirror, and then continued on Deltona Boulevard around 40 miles per hour before parking in the front yard of his Cadbury Road residence.

"I quickly made contact with (Carr) as he was exiting the vehicle and observed an extremely strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle."

The deputy then tried to handcuff Carr, but only cuffed Carr's right hand because he allegedly pulled away, pushing off the pickup truck with his left. The deputy wrote that he pushed Carr back toward the pickup, and with the assisting deputies handcuffs, was able to link the two cuffs together.

The deputy wrote that he used a tactical maneuver to place Carr into the patrol vehicle, at which time Carr yelled for "Jessica" while trying to get out. The assisting deputy kept pushing Carr back inside the vehicle, and after being warned to stay in the vehicle or he would be pepper sprayed, the deputy sprayed Carr with it above his eyes.

Carr complied at pulled the rest of his body into the car, the report shows.

A search of Carr's vehicle turned up a gallon-sized plastic bag exceeding 20 grams of marijuana. Carr is being held without bond at Hernando County Jail on charges of fleeing to elude, habitually driving with a suspended license, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, resisting an officer without violence, and failing to obey an officer's order to stop.

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