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Hernando County man accused of hitting girlfriend, breaking deputy's hand.

MASARYKTOWN — A 25-year-old Masaryktown man was arrested Friday after he hit his girlfriend repeatedly and broke the hand of a deputy who tried to arrest him, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said. A report on the incident gave the following account: Michael Alan Garrett hit the woman several times in the face and slammed her head into the dashboard while the couple was in Garrett's parked truck at Masaryktown's La Siesta Motel, witnesses told deputies. One of the witnesses said Garrett had been drinking and smoking synthetic marijuana. Deputies caught up with Garrett and the woman about 4 a.m. at the Mary Ann Apartments, also in Masaryktown. Garrett refused an order to get onto the ground and hit two deputies in the chest. Deputy George Stevens fired his Taser at Garrett's chest, but it took several more deputies to get him into cuffs and shackles. Stevens was treated at Brooksville Regional Hospital for a broken hand. Garrett was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of battery, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He remained in there Monday in lieu of $25,500 bail.

Hernando County man accused of hitting girlfriend, breaking deputy's hand. 05/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 2:57pm]
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