MANATEE — A Sarasota man was charged with resisting an officer without violence and possession of no more than 20 grams of marijuana, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Dwight T. Cherry, 28, was arrested at 12:22 a.m. Monday by a Bayshore On The Lake apartment building in the 4000 block of 20th Street West in Bradenton.
According to a report, a deputy approached a suspicious car parked beside a dumpster. Inside the car was Cherry and a passenger and, once Cherry opened the door, the deputy reported smelling marijuana and asked for their information.
Cherry and his passenger got out of the car, which was locked once deputies tried searching it. According to a report, Cherry said he did not have the keys. Deputies pointed out that the keys were in Cherry’s waistband and as they moved closer to Cherry, he began to move away. Deputies placed hands on Cherry’s arms to stop him from running and he wrenched his hands out of their grips, according to a report. A deputy then pulled out his taser and commaned Cherry multiple times to place his hands behind his back. Cherry did not comply and the taser was deployed with no effect, deputies said.
According to a report, Cherry ran away as deputies tried to tase him and was eventually tackled. He continued to resist arrest and was struck multiple times by a deputy before he was able to get handcuffed.
A search of the vehicle revealed a black bag with 10.9 grams of marijuana, according to a report. Cherry denied possession of the marijuana and said it wasn’t the passenger’s. The car came back as a rental car registered to Cherry’s aunt.Cherry was released Monday from Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $1,000.