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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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  • Should have said….”Deputy” not officer….sorry Nicolas

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 11:52 am
  • and also…Very proud of you!!

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:10 am
  • This is my Son….Very glad your safe, and you did very well, ….Love ya!

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:07 am
  • Dirtbag, if you don’t want to get out of this life, which it’s pretty obvious you don’t… Just O.D. And be done with it…. Signed: A taxpayer who’s tired of paying for your sorry drug addicted ***.

    Thursday, 7 July 2016, 7:25 pm
  • Well…maybe he’ll take a shower…freaken dirtbag redneck..

    Thursday, 7 July 2016, 1:00 am
  • Better living through chemistry

    Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 8:16 am
  • I used to do mtg at this guy’s house his girl Meredith is in jail too . He would pick his face and leave blood everywhere. He was really just kind of a doofus . Every time I see someone from my junkie years I remind them they don’t have to live like that. To each person everything happens in its own time and way. #in recovery #eachdaygetsbetter #igotout

    Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 1:01 am
  • What Stevemac said LMAO!

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:42 pm
  • Your all insane, the man has a disease that’s called addiction so why is he to be called scum,dumbass and everything else that’s said? Number one thing wrong with society everyone’s quick to put down and not help lift up but what if you needed help? Second the laws your government made and try and back with ” in God we trust ” and what have you have strayed so far away from the only real law and that’s gods law and his law “10 commandments ” for all you “Christians ” are just laws that basically give guidelines on how to be decent human, something none of you commenting on here know anything about.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 9:16 pm
  • Ya not good acting like a an *** then have a break down

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 8:39 pm
  • Freedom of speech? What this means is that you have the right to decide what you say.Perhaps keeping your mouth shut,maybe avoid an a.. kicking,and maybe not going directly to jail…..sometimes it works,sometimes not…..

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 8:27 pm
  • what sucks. I know I sound old but I remember days in Hernando county, you would never find dirty needles now go up the sidewalks along commercial way I find them, I go to public parks, I see them on the ground, I went bike riding from deltona and 50 on the black top w my daughter to mariner blvd and 50 and we seen 3 separate dirty bloody needles and a burned spoon in that short distance. We even see them in the parking lots on the ground. I miss the good old days going to aripeka to swim before it was mined, and riding 4 wheelers through Royal Highlands before the housing boom/bubble. Sorry but I dont want more shopping centers/ aka consumer progress. I want my old Hernando county back.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 7:09 pm
  • Citizenkane, Are you friends with Larry Ball? SMH……..

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 6:29 pm
  • Larry Ball, good save however, you did not ask a question, what you did was make a statement, Stevemack just responded. So therefore your second response was irresponsible. Maybe you should have been a bit more clear on your first comment rather than your acting stupid instead of Stevemack.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 6:26 pm
    • 1st post. You did not see the question marks??? < <<<Like these

      Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 10:57 am
  • Oh D.J……. drugs are bad!! They are taking a toll on you boy….C’mon you are much better than this 🙂

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 5:52 pm
  • Stevemack, you moron, I was asking a general question. Can you not read or understand the written word??
    That is another question if you are too stupid too understand.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 5:41 pm
  • this is the same idiot that got arrested at taco bell with syringes in his pocket lol

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 4:25 pm
  • Well all you idiots talking about freedom of speech ok,maybe but when you are drivng an atv on the road law 1 broken,when you are summoned to pull over and instead of pulling over flip of the cop, law 2 broken,when your a junky looser whos p.o.s four wheeler broke down and are in possetion of drugs and and needles laws 3,4 and 5 no license thats 6then when you attempt to fight the officer thats 7,Add retarted drug addited loser and have a nice trip to all fairness i also ride 4 wheeler close to that area as there are miles of trails,i dont drive on the street,but if a officer was to pull up man up if i get a ticket so be it chance i took.this bum is 37 just from what i read today dont seem like he has or ever will go anywhere in life,except leaching off tax payers,and running in and out of the system

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 4:23 pm
  • Some of these people are truly just as dumb as Gibbs. Hahahaha. N

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3:51 pm
  • Citizen Kane you are WRONG!!!!! YOU CANNOT RIDE ANY MOTORIZED VEHICLE ON A SIDEWALK. You truly cannot ride a bike on a sidewalk it is in the name WALK . Wheelchair and power wheelchairs are the only exception you would know this if you read that book before you become a licensed driver.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3:43 pm
    • Joe — I think you misread with Kane wrote. He said riding a motor vehicle on a sidewalk isn’t legal. (aka illegal)

      Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 4:08 pm
  • Riding a motor vehicle on the sidewalk isn’t legal, and if he went into the street he would need his suspended license, Even a 50 cc scooter requires a D/L. Except for the drug related charges the rest will go bye bye.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3:18 pm
  • This guy is a true jerk, should have tased than just hung his butt

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3:01 pm
  • Haha…dumb***!! Gibbs!!..put the damn drugs down.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 2:47 pm
  • Put his fist up to the cop SMH what a dumb a$# how stupid can one be like he has a gun and you have a broken 4wheeler,spoon and needle grow up

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 2:29 pm
  • He wasn’t arrested for giving the finger… This is America and they cannot arrest you for giving the finger, it is freedom of speech!!! I am glad the officer didn’t get hurt in all of this…

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 2:24 pm
  • You can’t fix stupid !

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 2:11 pm
  • Hahaha what a fool, criminals are so dumb, he might wanna take up another profession.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:59 pm
  • Haha too funny

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:54 pm
  • Thirty seven years old……grow up

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:53 pm
  • Another LOSER roaming around

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:52 pm
  • By itself. No other laws broken, isn’t giving the finger a form of free speech??? Therefore not an arrestable

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:43 pm
    • Larry, you’re a loser too. Didn’t you read the entire article?

      Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 3:17 pm
  • Now that’s a true Dumb ***.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:37 pm
  • Taser taser taser your a idiot Gibbs and by the way you look like a dirt bag

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 1:32 pm

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