Infuriated man kicks out patrol car window after arrest, deputies say


Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

A man who deputies said was arrested for battery on a female acquaintance after the woman called him “sugar” apparently kicked out the window of the law enforcement vehicle he was being transported in.

At around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, Leon Burroughs, 29, of Gainesville got into a heated verbal altercation with the victim while at her home, where multiple friends of the victim were also present, Alachua County sheriff’s deputies said.

During the argument, the victim told Burroughs that he was sugar, which apparently he took offensively, deputies said. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Burroughs jumped up in anger and pushed the victim’s face twice with his hand. The victim then told the defendant to leave, which he did.

When deputies arrived on the scene, the victim initially said she did not want to pursue charges, although she gave a written statement concerning the altercation.

Burroughs was not present at that time, but prior to deputies’ departure, he did return and stated that he and the victim were “just playing around.”

While speaking with the suspect, the victim changed her mind and decided she wanted to press charges, at which point Burroughs was placed under arrest.

During the drive to the jail, Burroughs became extremely agitated, deputies said, and began forcefully driving his head into the back right passenger window, forcing the deputy to pull over and call for backup.

Burroughs continued to ram his head and body into the window and then switched to kicking the glass, which eventually broke, deputies said.

Burroughs then attempted to crawl through the broken window while threatening and cursing at the deputy who was trying the restrain him.

Officers from the Gainesville Police Department responded to the scene and were able to aid the deputy in securing Burroughs for transport to the Alachua County jail, where he was booked on charges of escape, battery and felony criminal mischief with property damage.

At the time of the arrest, Burroughs also had a warrant for violating probation stemming from battery charge in 2012.

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