3 GPD officers hit making arrests in separate incidents


Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:40 p.m.

Three Gainesville police officers were hit by people they were trying to arrest in a pair of separate incidents Wednesday, according to reports.

Gainesville Police investigating a report of a man striking a former girlfriend in the face approached Jeffrey Frisbey around 11:25 a.m. at 1101 SE 15th St.

Frisbey, 21, of 2626 E University Ave., said he had been at the victim’s apartment complex but denied hitting her.

After police handcuffed him, Frisbey refused to put his feet inside the police car and said several times that he was not going back to jail, according to the arrest report.

He then started kicking the car’s window and as three officers tried to restrain him, he tried to head-butt one of them, missed, and hit Officer Jeffrey Kerkau on the left side of his head, the report said.

Frisbey fought the officers for another 15 minutes and kicked Kerkau several times in the thighs while shouting, “I’m going to make you work for it,’’ and “You’re weak,’’ and a litany of insults, the report continued.

On his way to the jail, Frisbey told the officers, “I’m not going back to jail,’’ said he wanted more charges, and that he was going to fight with staffers at the Alachua County jail when they arrived. He began beating his head on the car’s window as they arrived at the jail.

Frisbey was being held without bond at the jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, simple battery, three counts of resisting arrest with violence, and violation of probation.

Later Wednesday, at around 10:45 p.m., officers stopped a car that had an expired license tag at 2400 SW 43rd Terrace. The driver, Mark Williams, 33, of 631 SW 70th Ter., told police that he did not have a valid driver’s license and that he had unpaid traffic tickets.

When police searched Williams, they found a small bag of cocaine in his pocket, the report said. As officers tried to handcuff him, Williams ran off and Officer Dylan Hayes-Morrison tried to tackle him. Williams head-butted the officer in the face, causing his nose to bleed profusely, the report said.

The two officers struggled with Williams, who punched one of the officers and again broke free. Both officers shot him with their tasers, but he broke the wires and ran about two blocks before Hayes-Morrison shot him again with his taser.

Once again, Williams broke free and while he was in the street on one leg, the officer tried to get him to the ground, but he resisted. Finally, he was hit with pepper spray and after several whacks to the knees, he was subdued.

Williams told police that he had been using cocaine and drinking that day and that he panicked. He said he did not remember most of the struggle with the officers.

Williams was arrested on a count of battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest with violence, cocaine possession and driving while license suspended. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday on $95,000 bond.

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