Deranged Man Tased During Traffic Stop, DCF Declines to Investigate Despite Children Present
SPRING HILL – On September 17th RNRF received numerous tips from viewers who reported an altercation at a local convenience store, between Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputies and an uncooperative motorist. RNRF could not respond to the scene, due to our coverage of a stabbing that occurred simultaneously in Brooksville.
RNRF submitted a request with officials for the entire incident report but due to privacy issues the case remained open until today.
According to reports, Deputy Chris Croft conducted a traffic stop on a black pickup truck at the Circle K, located at the intersection of Mariner Blvd and Spring Hill Drive. The license tag was expired for more than six months, which gave Croft probable cause to conduct the traffic stop.
Croft became concerned when the vehicle pulled into the parking lot and then drove around the back of the building before coming to a complete stop. The driver, 28-year-old James Matthew Williams became belligerent with Croft when he was asked to provide his identification. After initially refusing to provide his driver’s license, Williams admitted to not having a valid license, and instead, he provided Croft with a Prison identification card. Croft explained that he did not need the inmate card, so Williams handed Croft a Florida I.D.
In the passenger seat was an adult male who was trying to calm Williams down, and in the back seat were several small children.
When Croft asked Williams to exit the vehicle and walk back to his patrol car, Williams exited the vehicle in an aggressive manner and stated “I’m 6’1”” and then began to dance around. Croft attempted to place Williams in custody but he stated “don’t touch me,” pulled away, and then ran towards the front of the building. By that time Deputy Brandon Cox arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend Williams near the front of the store. Williams slipped by Deputy Cox and ran south towards Spring Hill Drive. Retired Corrections Officer, Joseph Blair noticed the commotion and joined in on attempts to grab hold of Williams. As Williams ran past the gas pumps, Deputy Croft deployed his taser, which finally brought Williams to the ground. It took the strength of all three men and a second taser deployment to subdue and secure Williams with handcuffs.
Williams and the two deputies sustained cuts and abrasions during the violent struggle but all three refused transport to a local hospital for medical treatment.
There are unconfirmed reports that Williams was under the influence of a powerful stimulant but that has not been confirmed.
Williams was transported to the Hernando County Jail, where he faces two counts of felony resisting arrest with violence and driving on a suspended license. Williams remains behind bars, held on a $10,500 bond; however, because Williams is on parole from previous conviction, he will not be eligible for bond at this time
Due to the violence that took place in front of the children, Deputy Croft contacted the Department of Children and Families and filed a report in reference to possible child endangerment. The DCF agent who reviewed the case stated that it did not meet the criteria for a DCF investigation and the case was closed.
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