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Golf club-tosser arrested on I-75 after slugging trooper, Highway Patrol says

Jonathan Edward Day of North Port was throwing clubs at traffic as he drove his van north through Hillsborough County, troopers said.
Jonathan Edward Day, 41, of North Port, faces charges including battery on an officer.
Jonathan Edward Day, 41, of North Port, faces charges including battery on an officer. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Dec. 24, 2020
Updated Dec. 24, 2020

TAMPA — A 41-year-old North Port man was arrested on charges including battery on a law officer after slugging a trooper who had pulled him over for tossing golf clubs into traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The trooper was on patrol when he received a complaint about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday that a motorist was throwing golf clubs out of his vehicle toward adjacent traffic while driving north on Interstate 75 near the Sun City Center interchange.

A North Port man threw golf clubs into traffic as he drove this van north through Hillsborough County, troopers said. He is also accused of slugging a trooper who pulled him over.
A North Port man threw golf clubs into traffic as he drove this van north through Hillsborough County, troopers said. He is also accused of slugging a trooper who pulled him over. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]

About 25 miles north near the Fowler Avenue interchange, the trooper spotted the vehicle — a white 1999 Ford Van with a “cherry-picker” boom and basket attached.

The trooper pulled over the van, and the driver — later identified as Jonathan Edward Day of North Port — confronted him with a golf club, the Highway Patrol said. Day initially complied with the trooper’s order to put the club down but resisted as the trooper tried to take him into custody, striking the trooper with his fist and pulling at his uniform and radio, the Highway Patrol said.

The trooper used his stun gun to subdue Day.

Day, listed on jail records as unemployed, was arrested on felony charges of battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and depriving an officer of means of protection or communication, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence.

The Highway Patrol said in a news release that Day also faces charges of throwing a deadly missile from his vehicle as well as possession of marijuana, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, but those charges are not listed on his jail booking sheet.

Day was being held Thursday at the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $6,500 bail.

The Highway Patrol asked that any potential victims contact the agency at 813-558-1800.

A North Port man threw golf clubs into traffic and used one to confront a state trooper before he was arrested along Interstate 75 near Fowler Avenue in Tampa.
A North Port man threw golf clubs into traffic and used one to confront a state trooper before he was arrested along Interstate 75 near Fowler Avenue in Tampa. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]