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Man slaps police officer who gave him a ride

By Mason White 1:29 PM April 6, 2015
57-year-old Rodney Timothy Shaw 

By: Wayne Morin
A man of Florida, was arrested after he slapped a police officer who drove him around.

Police were called to the Alachua County Fire Rescue Station in Hawthorne at 8:30 p.m., to help a drunk man.

Paramedics told a deputy that Shaw did not need medical attention, but he did not want to walk to his sister’s house.

The deputy agreed to give him a lift. The officer offered to take the man, who was identified as 57-year-old Rodney Timothy Shaw, to his sister’s house.

However, his sister refused to allow him inside. Shaw then asked the officer for a ride to a motel about eight miles away.

The deputy agreed to take him there. When they arrived at the motel, Shaw came out of the car, went to the deputy, uttered an obscenity and slapped him on the forearm.

“The defendant laughed and walked away,” the deputy wrote in his report.

Shaw was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Alachua County jail on a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, a third-degree felony.

He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.