Authorities: Transient tried to grab Pinellas deputy's gun during struggle

PALM HARBOR — A homeless man who said he was afraid of going back to jail tried to grab a Pinellas deputy's gun during a violent struggle early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

James Keith Hudson, 45, who is listed as a transient from Palm Harbor, was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and obstruction by a disguised person. On Wednesday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,500 bail.

According to arrest reports, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies encountered Hudson while investigating a suspicious vehicle near 34106 U.S. 19 N around 1:30 a.m.

Hudson, who also goes by the alias Roger Patrick Morgan, gave deputies a fake name, arrest reports state.

When one of the deputies confronted Hudson about the name, he lunged at the deputy and shoved him to the ground, reports state.

Hudson struggled with the two deputies and tried to grab one's gun from its holster, the Sheriff's Office said.

The two deputies struggled with Hudson, who was finally subdued after he was struck three times with a Taser, according to the reports.

Hudson said he fought with the deputies because "he was afraid of going back to jail as the Pasco County judge stated he would go away for a long time," reports state.

Hudson was released from prison in March 2010 after serving about nine months of a one-year sentence on convictions of fleeing and eluding and felony driving while license suspended or revoked in Pasco County, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Authorities: Transient tried to grab Pinellas deputy's gun during struggle 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:24pm]

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