Affidavit: NPR teen high on Spice accosts deputy

NEW PORT RICHEY - A Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was doing some work in his squad car Thursday afternoon when a 17-year-old boy high on drugs leaned into a window and picked a fight with him, according to arrest affidavits. Julian Hayes, of New Port Richey, was charged with burglary/assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Charles Redinger told authorities he was sitting in his squad car about 4:10 p.m., outside his Trinity-area home, completing some paperwork, when Hayes approached, leaned into the passenger-side window and challenged Redinger to a fight, the affidavit says. Redinger got out of his squad car to remove Hayes from the window and Hayes turned around and tried to hit him, the affidavit says. The two scuffled, rolling around on the ground, before Redinger was able to handcuff the teen and put him into the back seat of his squad car, the affidavit says. Moments later, Hayes managed to kick out the rear window on the squad car, the affidavit says. Pasco County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Redinger’s home in the Nature’s Hideaway subdivision and noticed Hayes was yelling and spitting, the affidavit says. When the Pasco deputies told Hayes to stop, he spat blood on them, the affidavit says. Then Hayes was removed from the squad car because it appeared he was trying to get his hands in front of him. Deputies twice got Hayes’ hands behind him, and he twice managed to get them in front of himself, the affidavit says. Deputies used pepper spray and stun guns to get Hayes to comply, and they had to hold him down until paramedics arrived to take him to Medical Center of Trinity, the affidavit says. On the way, Hayes told a deputy he had smoked Spice, a synthetic marijuana, ingested over-the-counter cough pills and drank tequila. Hayes was later taken to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg as a precaution.
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