Man Arrested After Giving Deputy the Finger, ATV Fails to Kickstart in Attempt to Flee
WEEKI WACHEE – A Brooksville man found out the hard way what happens when you challenge a Sheriff’s Deputy, after an incident on Saturday left him flat on his face, cuffed, and behind bars.
According officials, while Deputy Nicolas Belfry was on patrol in the area of Commercial Way and Vespa Way, Belfry observed a 4-wheeler riding back and forth on the sidewalk. When Belfry attempted to stop the 4-wheeler, the driver turned, gave him the finger, and continued driving. Belfry discontinued his pursuit and began conducting a security check of Winding Waters K-8.
While traveling northbound on Commercial Way, Belfry noticed the same 4-wheeler stalled on the side of the road, with the driver attempting to kick start it. Belfry pulled up next to the driver and exited his patrol car. That’s when the driver, 34-year-old David William Gibbs, said “F**k it,” balled up his fists, and took a fighting stance with Belfry. Fearing for his safety, Belfry took Gibbs to the ground and placed him into custody.
During a search, Belfry discovered syringes and a spoon containing a powdery residue that later tested positive for barbiturates. It was also discovered that Gibbs’ license was suspended.
Gibbs was transported to the Hernando County Jail where he was charged with assault on a LEO, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding, and driving on a suspended license. He remains behind bars on a $6,000 bond.
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