MANATEE — An Ocala man punched a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the face shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday in an apparent attempt to get himself arrested so a relative would come and pick him up.
Apparently, it worked.
David Evan Alsop, 21, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. He was released later that same day on $1,500 bond, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.
Alsop was driving a green Ford pickup truck that appeared to be stuck in the mud on northbound Interstate 75 at mile marker 231.
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The deputy was summoned on the mile marker 231 callbox by Alsop who promptly asked the deputy if he could give him a ride to Tampa to his father’s house.
The deputy said he could not, but he could borrow a cell phone to call someone or could get a ride to the next exit, a sheriff’s report stated.
Alsop then asked, “When did you stop giving rides to people?” He was again advised he could get a ride to the next exit, but not to Tampa.
Alsop then struck the deputy in the face and stepped back away from the deputy’s vehicle, the report stated.
The deputy exited his vehicle and asked, "Why did you do that?"
Alsop stated he just wanted to go to jail so his dad would come and pick him up. The deputy told Alsop to put his hands on the trunk of the deputy’s patrol car and Alsop was arrested for battery, the report adds.
Alsop’s vehicle was towed and the subject was taken to the Manatee County jail.
Alsop was polite during the arrest and apologized for the punch, the report concludes.