ZEPHYRHILLS — The deputy nudged the man, who was drunk and sleeping in a puddle of his own urine in a booth at Hardee's. It was a little after 5 p.m. Thursday and the manager called authorities because Rick E. Sollars, 40, kept napping and refused to leave the restaurant at 36502 State Road 54, according to a report.
After the deputy touched him a few times, the man woke up and the deputy asked him to go. "Why?" Sollars said, and went back to sleep, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The deputy woke him again and was greeted by expletives. The deputy "gently grabbed" Sollars' wrist and asked him to go somewhere else to sleep, the report said.
When Sollars moved, the deputy noticed a large bulge in his pocket. It turned out to be a set of salt and pepper shakers taken from the Hardee's table, the report said.
Sollars — who has been arrested 23 times since 2006 on charges of trespassing, larceny, loitering, burglary, disorderly intoxication, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident and shoplifting — said the shakers weren't his.
After "kindly" requesting several times that Sollars leave, the deputy told him he was under arrest and tried to pull him off the booth, the report said. Sollars held on to the table and struggled with the deputy, getting a cut above his eye, the report said.
He was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills for stitches. After being medically cleared, the report said, Sollars refused to leave the hospital, too.
The deputy and two Zephyrhills police officers carried Sollars to the patrol car to be transported to the Land O'Lakes jail.
Sollars, who is listed as a transient, is charged with disorderly intoxication in a public place and causing a disturbance, trespassing, theft and resisting arrest without violence.
As of Friday, he was being held at the jail in lieu of $465 bail.