Alachua man arrested after slapping departing deputy, report says


Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 6:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 6:35 p.m.

The incident had been resolved and deputies were already leaving, a report said, when Jose Rodriguez made a motion like he was about to slap a deputy on the back.

Deputy Brian Gregalot “gave him a clear and concise order not to touch me,'' his report notes. Rodriguez, who the report said was heavily intoxicated, then slapped the deputy in the back while laughing.

Rodriguez was taken to the Alachua County jail on a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Deputies had responded to a call about an assault at 2 a.m. Friday at 10015 NW 206th Ave. in Alachua. Rodriguez was in a fight with Victoriano Miguel, but neither one wanted to press charges. As the deputies began to leave, Rodriguez started yelling insults at Miguel, the report said.

Rodriguez, the report noted, alternated between manic to aggressive, standing up and holding his hands and posturing toward the deputies.

As Gregalot was walking out the front door, Rodriguez was standing near the entrance and slapped the deputy on the back as he passed, the report said.

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