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Driver accused of DUI, kicking officer

An Alabama man was charged Friday with escape, assault or battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence and driving under the influence after he allegedly kicked an Inverness police officer's right knee, causing a bone contusion. Marvin Sprouse, 38, drove a van west on State Road 44 E in Inverness with his small daughter in the front seat on Friday evening, an arrest report said. Police pulled him over after a caller reported the van swerved into oncoming traffic and almost hit construction barricades. Sprouse unsuccessfully completed field sobriety tasks, the report said. Then, as his daughter was being taken to a relative's home, Sprouse struck Officer Jonathan Behnen in the chest and ran , authorities said. During a struggle, the report said, Sprouse kicked and swung at the officer. Both Sprouse and Behnen were treated at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Sprouse was taken to the Citrus County jail. His bail was set at $11,000.

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