Deputies used Tasers four times Monday to get a kicking 55-year-old man out of a wrecked SUV in the 300 block of South Holmes Boulevard, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Roosevelt Benjamin Dirden of King Street, St. Augustine, was charged with aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, three counts of battery against an officer and resisting arrest, according to jail records that show his bail was set at $200,000.
Deputies were called just after 1:30 a.m. to find a Toyota Tundra crashed into a home and Dirden slumped over the wheel, according to the arrest report. Deputies told him to get out of the smoking Toyota, but he refused. When one deputy grabbed Dirden’s arm, he pushed him away. Another deputy grabbed his shirt, but it ripped.
Dirden began kicking, striking two deputies in their chests, the report said. One deputy tried to use his Taser, but it didn’t work. A corporal grabbed Dirden but was punched repeatedly in the head. A second attempt was made with a Taser, but Dirden broke its wires, the report said.
Dirden continued to kick a deputy, then grabbed his flashlight and hit him in the head with it multiple times, the report said. Dirden was zapped with a Taser a third time, which stunned him enough to get the flashlight. But he got away, then ran back at deputies before he was hit with a Taser charge a fourth time, then tackled and handcuffed, the report said.