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Pasco man rammed neighbor with tractor and log, deputies say

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries after a 10-foot-long log was dropped on his legs.

DADE CITY — A Pasco County man was arrested Thursday morning after he used a tractor to drive into a neighbor’s tractor, dropped a 10-foot log on him and then began to beat him, deputies say.

Charles Jerkins, 46, of Dade City, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The attack stemmed from a property dispute, spokesman Kevin Doll said.

The sheriff’s office released this account of the incident:

The victim was using a tractor to remove a log from an easement beside his home on Puckett Road.

Jerkins, who lives next to the victim, used his own tractor to drive into the victim’s tractor. Jerkins then dropped a log onto the victim’s legs. The log was 10 feet long and two feet in diameter.

The victim fell from his tractor. Jerkins jumped on the man and struck him repeatedly in the face until he was bleeding from his mouth and nose. He continued until witnesses pushed him off the victim.

Jerkins was arrested and held on $10,000 bail.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s office declined to release the victim’s name, citing the agency’s broad interpretation of a constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law, meant to protect the rights of crime victims.