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Zephyrhills man headbutted deputy, authorities say

LAND O'LAKES – A combative Zephyrhills man resisting arrest early Monday morning headbutted a Pasco deputy, breaking his nose and chipping several of his teeth, an arrest report said.

Pasco deputies investigating a disturbance around midnight met with James Patrick Ryan, 20, at a Twin Lake home near State Road 54. After giving two false names, deputies said, Ryan was ordered to put his hands behind his back.

He didn't give up without a fight, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Ryan tensed his arms, kicked at deputies then bit a deputy's hand, the report said. He slammed his head into another deputy, causing him to bleed from the nose and mouth, before being thrown into the back of a cruiser, deputies said.

Ryan was wrestled to the ground by deputies and carried by correctional officers into the sally port of the Land O'Lakes jail, the report states. A mug shot provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office shows Ryan with a black eye, a bloody nose and numerous cuts and scrapes.

Ryan was charged with aggravated battery on an officer, battery on an officer, three counts of resisting arrest and one count of providing false identification. He remains at the jail in lieu of $70,150 bail.

Contact Drew Harwell at or (727) 869-6244.

Zephyrhills man headbutted deputy, authorities say 06/28/10 [Last modified: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:19pm]
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