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Basketball parent arrested after shouting at referee

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 16, 2003

DADE CITY -- A 46-year-old Lutz man was arrested at a Pasco High School basketball game on Friday after he screamed "You s---" at a referee, according to the Dade City Police Department.

Hurley Toliver Payne of 20314 Mid Court was arrested on a charge of disrupting a school function and held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bond.

Officer Brian McDougal said Payne was watching his son, a student at Land O'Lakes High School, play basketball at Pasco High and he became angry at the referees, calling them "dumb" from his seat.

Nearly everyone in the gym, except the players, turned and looked at Payne, police said. Payne then climbed down the bleachers and yelled at the referee, who signaled that the officer should remove Payne from the gymnasium, a police report states.

When McDougal tried to arrest Payne, he drove his elbow into the officer's chest, the police report states. McDougal called for backup and another officer arrived and doused Payne with pepper spray before taking him to jail.

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