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Road rage incident ends with arrest

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 20, 2002

LECANTO -- A Pinellas Park man was arrested Friday night after a case of road rage ended in a scuffle with deputies, authorities said.

Citrus County sheriff's deputies had to use a Taser electric stun gun, as well as a baton to subdue a man who they say rammed a passing car.

Michael Bond, 40, 4101 N 76th Ave., Pinellas Park, was charged with DUI, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. It took four deputies to subdue him and put him in shackles.

The incident started around 10:45 p.m. Friday, when motorists on Venable Street called 911. They said a car was ramming and sideswiping them. Deputies caught up with Bond's car on State Road 44 and County Road 490.

Bond told deputies he rammed the car because he had road rage. After he failed a roadside sobriety test, arrest reports say, Bond refused orders to be handcuffed and began fighting with the deputies. Two deputies suffered cuts and scrapes, as did Bond. He was taken to the Citrus County jail where bail was set at $16,500.

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