SPRING HILL — A firefighter has been arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer after he threw paperwork related to a domestic violence injunction, hitting a deputy on the head.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reported that Michael Vitale, 45, was angry and smelled of alcohol when deputies arrived Thursday evening at his house on Newhope Road. Vitale, a Spring Hill Fire Rescue member since 1991, began yelling profanities at the deputies and telling them they should arrest his soon-to-be ex-wife, Joann Vitale, for harassing him.
Vitale's estranged wife arrived with a domestic violence injunction from Pasco County. Vitale refused to take the injunction from a deputy, who placed it next to him, stating he had been served, the report states.
As the deputies walked away, Vitale threw the paperwork, hitting one of the deputies on the right side of his head. The deputies wrestled him to the ground and arrested him on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer.