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Dad lied about his name, child tells Pasco County deputy

LAND O'LAKES — When a Pasco County sheriff's deputy contacted him Saturday, the man gave his name and date of birth.

But it was his child who gave the deputy his real name.

"My daddy is lying. His name is Adam," the child said, according to the deputy's report.

Indeed, the man's real name was Adam Travis Short. Given a chance to explain, Short told the deputy he gave a fake name because he feared that he had not met previous legal obligations.

But now Short — also known as Matthew P., Matthew A. and Luke A. — faces a misdemeanor charge that will almost surely add to his legal troubles. Short, 25, was arrested on a charge of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.

He was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. As of Sunday, Short remained in jail in lieu of $663 bail. The child wasn't identified in the deputy's report.

DADE CITY — A 53-year-old man was subdued with a Taser on Saturday after he tried to walk away from his vehicle during a traffic stop, pulled out a large kitchen knife and then struggled when the officer tried to handcuff him, authorities said.

Willie Lee Bradberry of Dade City was arrested and booked into the Pasco County jail. He was charged with cocaine possession, carrying a concealed weapon, driving under the influence and driving with a revoked driver's license.

Bradberry remained in jail Sunday in lieu of $5,600 bail.

According to arrest reports, Sgt. William Rowe pulled over Bradberry's 2001 Mercedes-Benz on a traffic stop about 6 p.m. in the 14700 block of 12th Street in Dade City. A computer check of the tag revealed that Bradberry had a revoked driver's license.

Bradberry started walking away from the car during the stop and Rowe ordered him to return to the vehicle, the report said. Bradberry then pulled a large kitchen knife from under his shirt and threw it on the ground.

Rowe drew his gun and told Bradberry to keep his hands where he could see them, then told him to place them on the hood of the car. Bradberry complied briefly but then tried to put his hands in his pockets and began to pull away from the officer, according to the report.

When Rowe tried to place handcuffs on him, Bradberry pulled away and yelled that the deputy "would have to fight him." Rowe then used the Taser as many as three times before Bradberry was subdued and placed in handcuffs.

Afterward, Bradberry complained that he was "paralyzed" and was taken to Pasco Regional Hospital for observation. Doctors at the hospital concluded Bradberry had no injuries.

A search on Bradberry and his car later turned up about 0.06 grams of cocaine, the report said. Bradberry also refused to take any sobriety tests.

Dad lied about his name, child tells Pasco County deputy 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 6:05pm]
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