Affidavit: Teen high on Spice picks fight with deputy
NEW PORT RICHEY - An off-duty Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was working in his squad car Thursday afternoon when a 17-year-old boy leaned into a window and picked a fight with him, arrest affidavits state. Julian Hayes, of New Port Richey, was charged with burglary/assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Charles Redinger told authorities he was sitting in his squad car outside his Trinity home completing paperwork about 4:10 p.m., when Hayes approached, leaned into the passenger-side window and challenged Redinger to a fight, the affidavit says. Redinger got out of his squad car to remove Hayes from the window, and Hayes turned around and tried to hit him, the affidavit says. The two scuffled and rolled on the ground before Redinger was able to handcuff the teen and put him into the back seat of his squad car, the affidavit says. Moments later, Hayes kicked out the rear window of the squad car, the affidavit says. Pasco sheriff’s deputies arrived at Redinger’s home in the Nature’s Hideaway subdivision and found Hayes yelling and spitting, the affidavit says. When the Pasco deputies told Hayes to stop, he spat blood on them and struggled to get his hands free, the affidavit says. Deputies used pepper spray and stun guns to subdue Hayes, and held him down until paramedics arrived to take him to Medical Center of Trinity, the affidavit says. On the way, authorities reported, Hayes told a deputy he had smoked Spice, a synthetic marijuana, ingested over-the-counter cough pills and drank tequila.